Nagpur, March 15: New Zealand, who will take on India in the opening match of the main round of the World T20 at the VCA Stadium here on Tuesday (March 15), will see their members wear black armbands in the match as a mark of respect to Martin Crowe, the renowned batsman who passed away earlier this month.
The players will also observe a minute's silence before the start of the match.
Informing about this, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said some members of the side who were very close to Crowe would deal with the loss in their own ways throughout the tournament, according to an ESPNCricinfo report. [Numbers show why India favourites to lieft second T20 title]
Williamson said Crowe, who almost led New Zealand to their first World final in 1992 and brought innovative changes that were followed in later days, was a big part of many cricketers' lives both as a player and as an individual. [NZ beat India by 10 runs in 2007 T20 WC]
New Zealand, who are clubbed with India, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh in Group 2 of this year's World T20, have never made the finals. This will also be their first match after the retirement of dashing wicket-keeper batsman Brendon McCullum who led them to their first final in the 50-over World Cup last year.
New Zealand squad:
Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santer, Nathan McCullum, Grant Elliott, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Corey Anderson.