McCullum and Hesson were both appointed as Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for Services to Cricket
BLACKCAPS captain Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson are “honoured and humbled” to be named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List today.
McCullum (33) and Hesson (40) were both appointed as Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for Services to Cricket.
The pair have been the captain and head coach, respectively, of the BLACKCAPS since 2012.
They led the BLACKCAPS to the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 for the first time and to an unprecedented five Test wins in the 2014-15 season.
Hesson said he hoped the honours would be seen as recognition for the entire BLACKCAPS team, both on and off the field.
“We front the team from a coach and captain’s perspective but we wouldn’t be here receiving this honour without a very good group of cricketers and really good support staff around us.”
“I feel honoured, privileged and surprised.”
Hesson paid tribute to McCullum for his leadership and contribution to the game in New Zealand during a 13-year career.
“Brendon is the face of the team. He is the guy who makes the key decisions out on the field.
“He’s captured a nation not only with his style of play but with the way he’s encouraged his team-mates to embrace the game in terms of passion and spirit.
“It is very deserving.”
McCullum hoped the accolades would be good for the game in New Zealand.
“You try to make an impact on the sport while you have the opportunity, and to leave it in a better space than when you started.
“Hopefully, these honours show we’re all moving in the right direction together – team, support staff, NZC and all New Zealanders who love the game.
He said he was especially pleased to see Hesson recognised.
“Mike’s the person who’s pulled this all together. The progress we’ve made over the past couple of years has a lot to do with his skills, work ethic and, not least, foresight.
“He isn’t recognised enough for his role in the revival of New Zealand cricket – and hopefully this will go some way to addressing that.”
David White, Chief Executive of New Zealand Cricket, congratulated the pair for their outstanding leadership of the BLACKCAPS.
“Mike and Brendon are probably the most successful double act in the history of the New Zealand cricket team,” said Mr White.
“Both wonderful assets in their own right; together they have made a compelling combination - forming a dynamic that’s far greater than its sum of parts.
“They are fantastic ambassadors for our game and we’re delighted they’ve been recognised in this way.”
Queen’s Birthday Honours List:
To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM):
HESSON, Mr Michael James (Mike) - For services to cricket
MCCULLUM, Mr Brendon Barrie - For services to cricket