Cricket bridges India and New Zealand: Clarke

Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Cricket and Bollywood came in for special mention today by New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke who said these had contributed to creating a special bond between the two countries.

"Cricketers like Sir Richard Hadlee and John Wright have made their mark in India. Now we have seen how successful Indian cricket team is", the New Zealand Premier said while addressing an industry function here.

Former New Zealand skipper John Wright is the coach of Indian cricket team while pace bowler Hadlee had helped in shaping up Indian fast bowlers in the 1990s.

Clarke said cricket was the subject of much discussion during her current visit to India.

"We are a world leader in 3D graphics, which among other things can help in the serious business of sports analysis and has already helped the Indian cricket team to analyse its opposition," she pointed out.

Cricket these days is a form of science, she quipped.

One service sector which has played an important role in giving New Zealand profile in India is Bollywood, she added.

Bollywood films have made New Zealand scenery famous and the film business has stimulated both Indian visitors and student numbers to New Zealand, the Premier said.

More than one hundred Indian film personnel have been in New Zealand in recent years.

"India and New Zealand.... were both part of the British Empire. It left its mark on us both through the use of English ...common parliamentary and legal systems, and not the least, a love of cricket," she said.

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