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Martin Crowe on the WCC Published: 26 February 2013

Martin Crowe on the WCC

Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe believes the World Cricket committee's trip to New Zealand is vital in ensuring the think-tank is seen as a global force.

Crowe, a member of the WCC since its inception in 2006, spoke to Lords.org while attending the committee's first meeting of 2013 and first ever in New Zealand.

It's vital that it (the WCC) is seen to be global

One of seventeen current WCC members - all of whom have played, officiated or are involved with administration of the game at the top level - from eight of ICC's full-member nations, Crowe praised the committee's ongoing commitment to travelling the globe.

"It's vital that it [the WCC] is seen to be global," said Crowe, who is widely regarded as New Zealand's finest ever batsman.

"Not only in the various number of people who come from around the world to be in the committee but that the committee goes around the world and sees the local cricket communities, even if it's only for a few days."

Crowe was speaking from the Sky City Grand Hotel in Auckland where he had just attended the first day's discussions of the latest meeting.

The 50-year-old was diagnosed with lymphoma in October 2012 but was able to attend the start of the two-day event in his home town.

And Crowe, who made 17 Test centuries in 77 appearances, took the time to reflect on the success of the WCC in reaching out globally

He added: "The WCC has done that pretty well over the past seven years. It's touched pretty much every part of the [cricket] world.

"New Zealand has been the final bastion for reaching the game globally and it's a great credit to the committee for being able to-do that."

"You try to work out what is best to put to the ICC who are sometimes in their own bubble.

"So the MCC World Cricket committee can speak from the outside and look at things differently and that's been proven in some of the recommendations that have come out over the last seven years."


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