Ian Smith honored for ‘outstanding services to cricket’ by NZC


Ian Smith, New Zealand’s former wicket-keeper batsman and a now renowned commentator has been honored by New Zealand Cricket for his “outstanding services to cricket”.

On the first day of New Zealand’s virtual awards ceremony for 2019-20, he was awarded the Bert Sutcliffe Medal. The famous voice of New Zealand cricket on television sets around the world said he felt “emotional” about joining this honorable list and dedicated the award to his wife, Louise.

“I’m so grateful, it makes me quite emotional actually to think about joining the list of people who have already won this award,” Smith said.

“I dedicate this award to my wife Louise. Anyone who’s been involved with touring and cricket will know you have to have a base and Louise has been fantastic the whole time,” he added.

The 63-year-old has named his favorite moments of cricket and said that he loved doing every minute of it.

“I’ve loved every minute of calling Test cricket. Brendon McCullum’s 300 will live forever in my mind, Test wins at Lord’s, Hobart. Ross Taylor’s 290, the draw at Eden Park against England with so much drama, and of course the World Cup final at Lord’s last year,” he maintained.

“It’s been a great journey and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it,” he concluded.

Ian has represented New Zealand in 63 Tests and 98 ODIs between 1980 and 1992. Smith has been in this field for over two decades which includes 112 Tests at home.