WC 2015: Ailing Martin Crowe determined to see Kiwis take the field

Auckland, Jan 7: Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe on Wednesday said that he is looking forward to the World Cup kicking off next month and spoke about his desire to return to Eden Park here for the high-profile clash between Australia and New Zealand, the two hosts of this edition, on February 28. [See full WC 2015 itinerary]

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In 1992 when the quadrennial tournament was played for the first time Down Under, it was under Crowe that New Zealand beat Australia by 37 runs in their opening match at the Eden Park. Crowe himself hit an unbeaten 100 off 134 balls in the match.

Ailing Martin Crowe eagerly waits for WC

The Kiwis went on to win seven matches on the trot before losing twice against Pakistan, the second time being in the semifinals. [Indian squad for WC 2015 announced]

Martin Crowe, who earned praises for his innovative moves in the tournament like opening the bowling with spinner Dipak Patel. Crowe, who scored 456 runs in the tournament, was adjudged the man of the series.

Crowe led the Kiwis to register a 37-run win over Australia in 1992 WC

"I'll see you there. I'm just encouraging everyone to get along. I will be coming to Eden Park for all of New Zealand's games and encourage everyone to get along and be a part of it, " Crowe told media persons at the Eden Park on Wednesday.

The former player said New Zealand will need 100 overs of commitment from one game to another if they fancy any chance of lifting their maiden World Cup title.

Speaking on his health, Crowe, 52, said he did not expect to survive 2014 but now is determined to see his country play the World Cup. Crowe, who was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma about two years ago, has also been diagnosed with a rare blood disease called double-hit lymphoma. Only five per cent of such patients live upto 12 months.

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