Wellington, Apr 28 : Former New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman and commentator, Ian Smith, has been awarded with the Bert Sutcliffe medal by New Zealand Cricket for his outstanding services to cricket. Smith began his Test debut against Australia in Gabba in November 1980 and went on to play for 12 years with 63 Tests scoring 1815 runs. His 173 knock was the high point in his Test career against India in 1990 at Auckland that helped New Zealand save a Test.
With 176 catches as a wicket-keeper, Smith represented in 98 ODIs and was also part of the team that earned semi-final spot during the1992 World Cup. "I'm so grateful," said Smith, while accepting the honour. 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. It's been a great journey and I wouldn't trade it for a second." NZC Chairman Greg Barclay presented Smith with the medal in a virtual ceremony. Walter Hadlee, Graham Dowling, Merv Wallace, John Reid, Ewen Chatfield and Sir Richard Hadlee have also received the medal. (UNI)