Canterbury born and bred, John Wright’s cricket credentials are impeccable and make him a wonderful choice as a Golden Oldies Cricket Ambassador for the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018.
John will be in Christchurch to support the Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival from 1 to 8 April next year and his name will also grace the newly-introduced trophy for the competitive President’s Grade.
“It is a wonderful honour to be involved in this way with the Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival and I’m looking forward to catching up with a lot of old local, national and international cricketing mates in Christchurch,” said John.
One of New Zealand’s all-time favourite cricketers. John learned his cricketing craft in Canterbury before taking his cricketing skills to the world playing for Northern Districts and Canterbury in New Zealand, 11 years with Derbyshire and 15 years of international cricket including 82 tests.
When his playing days were done John moved into coaching and has had stints with Kent, a very successful five years with India, two years with the New Zealand side, head coach of the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and Derbyshire in the NatWest T20 Blast, 29 years after last playing for the club.
He amassed over 25,000 first class runs including 59 centuries. John became the first New Zealander to pass 5000 test runs scoring 12 centuries in the process – including twice out on 99.
He captained New Zealand 14 times and is universally liked and admired in world cricket.
Famously, he once glued his gloves to the handle to make sure his grip was right.
Music has always been one of John’s other loves and so it’s not surprising his most recent record is literally that – an album, Red Skies, released in December 2016 with 11 tracks written by John. While he is not likely to strap on the pads there is a chance John may pick up his guitar and entertain his fellow Golden Oldies at the Festival functions.
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