Funerals are a personal thing. Some people do not feel comfortable at them, others make sure they are seen at as many as possible. You may judge which approach is the more appropriate.
Somehow the issue of who attends Martin Crowe’s funeral on Friday has become a thing. Especially when it comes to a group of ex-cricketers, with no close links to Crowe, playing in a golf tournament in Arrowtown which they signed up to eight months ago. Nothing like the NZ media trying to invent splits and factions.
The main question is “What would Martin himself have wanted”?
There is no obvious answer to that other than he rightly said the his protégés Taylor and Guptill should never return home from playing for their country for a funeral.
But you would imagine that nobody would expect disruption on account of their funeral. The Pro-Am golf tournament at Michael Hill’s place is reliant on the participation of the ex-cricketers. Crowe loved his golf. You would suspect he would not want that undermined for a church service.
A mini-memorial is planned in conjunction with that event.
It somehow seems appropriate that even in death Martin Crowe, through no fault of his own, manages to polarise.
RIP Martin. Your life will be celebrated and commemorated in many ways, and in many parts of the world, on Friday. And that is what you deserved.