New Zealand Cricket awarded Burt Sutcliffe Medal to former cricketer Ian Smith

by Jeremy Spirogis
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New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday awarded its former wicketkeeper batsman Ian Smith the Burt Sutcliffe Medal for his excellent companies in cricket. The award ceremony was held on-line as a result of Kovid-19 epidemic.

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New Zealand Cricket will distribute the opposite prizes for the subsequent three days. These embody the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for the very best participant of the yr which shall be given on Friday. The trophy for finest batting and bowling on the home stage and the very best home cricketer of the yr award shall be given on Wednesday.

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Due to the lockdown, New Zealand Cricket President Greg Barclay just about handed Smith the award. The 63-year-old wicket-keeper batsman performed 63 Tests and 98 ODIs for New Zealand from 1980 to 1992.

Smith, who turned a commentator after saying goodbye to cricket, stated, "I am grateful." I’ve develop into emotional by becoming a member of this checklist. I nonetheless keep in mind wicketkeeping in entrance of Sir Richard Hadlee's balls, watching Martin Crowe bat. ''

He stated, "I like each second spent in Test cricket. Brandon McCullum's triple century will all the time be on my thoughts. Lords, victory in Test matches at Hobart, Ros Taylor's 290 runs and the World Cup closing can by no means be forgotten. ''

The award given to Smith is known as after former Test participant Burt Sutcliffe who performed 42 Tests for his nation. Prior to Smith, these awards have been received by Walter Hadley, Merv Wallace, John Reid, Graham Dowling, Sir Richard Hadley and Evan Chatfield.

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