Kiwis to pay tribute to Crowe in opening clash

"We will be showing our respects by wearing black armbands and I believe after the anthems, there will be a moment where there will be a pause, so that will be a special time of recognition on behalf of the side."

Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe passed away on March 3.   -  Getty Images

Kane Williamson-led New Zealanders will pay a special tribute to their cricketing legend Martin Crowe, who passed away recently, by wearing black arm bands when they take on India in their opener of the on-going T-20 World Cup cricket championship at VCA Stadium here on Tuesday.

“We will be showing our respects by wearing black armbands and I believe after the anthems, there will be a moment where there will be a pause, so that will be a special time of recognition on behalf of the side,” Williamson informed media ahead of the match.

“Some blokes in the side, they were very close to Martin and I guess they will deal with it in their own way throughout the tournament and through the cricket that is coming up,” the Kiwi skipper remarked.

“He (Martin Crowe) was a big part of their lives as a cricketer and as a person. It’s just the process that you get through when something significant like that happens,” Williamson concluded.