Today is the day when NZ cricket achieves a goal that has previously eluded them. A chance in the Cricket World Cup final for the ultimate glory of being crowned world champions.
Most people would agree that whatever the result, pride in the performance of the team is now at a level that has never been seen before in New Zealand. Unlike their rugby brother, the blackcaps have always been viewed with a degree of scepticism that has been built on many poor performances. But in this world cup series we have seen the team build credibility and exceed expectations. They have also behaved in an exemplary way and achieved a global status of being a team of great players and good ambassadors for the game,
This has been achieved by the on field performance but also by what has happened behind the scenes. This process started with the appointment of David White as the CEO and has good right through the ranks including the appointment of new board members and the management team, expertly directed by coach Mike Hesson. The appointment of captain Brendon McCallum was a master stroke with both on and off field performances.
The team is confident of a result that will make us all smile. Whatever the outcome, we should feel the pride and achievement that comes with a national team that represents the silver fern so positively.