Sir Richard Hadlee MBE

Sir Richard Hadlee MBE

Sir Richard Hadlee is regarded by many people as the greatest cricketing all rounder of all time. He played international cricket for New Zealand from 1973-1990 and was the first bowler to capture 400 Test wickets, and score 3,124 runs. Prior to his retirement Sir Richard held 3 world records (most 5 wickets in an innings (36x); most 10 wickets in a match (9x); most Test wickets (431). Sir Richard was Knighted in 1990 for Services to Cricket while still playing the game. He is an inspirational speaker who talks on how to achieve success.

Key Points

  • Accomplished after dinner (anecdotal and humour) and or motivational speaker for over 30 years
  • New Zealand Cricket roles – player; selector; manager of A teams; NZC board member; various advisory groups
  • Brand Ambassador for the Bank of New Zealand for 18 years. Supporter of many charities (Patron Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust; Glaucoma; Motor Neuron Disease; Patron Cricket Live Foundation); Patron India NZ Business Council
  • NZ Sportsperson of the Year in 1980 & 86; NZ Sportsman of the last 25 years in 1987; NZ Sportsman of the Decade in 1989; Inducted into the ICC World Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009
  • International Cricket commentator & columnist
  • Author of 13 books including his biography, cricket coaching and cricket humour



Sir Richard Hadlee was raised in a cricketing family with his father, Walter, having played cricket for New Zealand in 1930’s-1951. With 5 boys in the family growing up, cricket was very much part of their upbringing in the backyard. Barry, Dayle and Richard represented New Zealand in the inaugural Cricket World Cup in England in 1975.

Sir Richard first played for New Zealand in 1973 and joined Nottinghamshire in 1978 to play county cricket for a further 10 years. That was the greatest opportunity of his life as that was when he learned how to be a professional cricketer. It was during this time he got to know what his body was capable of doing, how to prepare, develop his skills and become a good team player. He got into good habits, disciplines and routines. New Zealand won two county championships and a Lord’s one day final. In 1984 Sir Richard achieved the elusive double in English county cricket – capturing 100 wickets (117) and scoring 1000 runs (1174) during the first class season.

His greatest day in Test cricket was helping to beat Australia in Australia for the first time. During the match he captured 9/52 in Australia’s first innings, scored a half century and took six wickets in the second innings.

Sir Richard played in an era throughout the 70’s and 80’s where New Zealand cricket experienced some significant first wins – 1974 New Zealand beat Australia and in 1978 after 50 years and 50 tests of trying they defeated England. New Zeland beat England in England for the first time in 1983.

He won the Winsor Trophy on 13 occasions (12 consecutively) for the Most Meritorious Bowling Performance during a New Zealand domestic season.

After retirement in 1990 Sir Richard became the BNZ ambassador for 18 years – special events, staff, charitable and customer engagement.

His life in cricket continued with many different roles including TV and radio commentary coaching, chairman of selectors, managing NZ A teams to Sri Lanka and India, being on special advisory groups and now a NZC Board member.

His charitable work includes health awareness and he has his own Sports Trust that helps young sportspeople under 25 who are in hardship or in need of financial assistance to help them achieve their goals.

Today, Sir Richard is involved with public relations and promotional work that take him to various parts of the world including numerous speaking engagements.

Sir Richard is a keen golfer and takes full advantage of living on a golf course. He also enjoys gardening, watching movies / sport and walking the dog.

Presentation Topics
  • After dinner speaker
    • Cricket anecdotes and humour sure to amuse and entertain any audience
  • Motivational speaker 
    • His life story including good, bad and indifferent times and using life’s learning experiences to make him a better person
  • Professionalism in sport and relating that to business
    • Values, high standards, hard work
  • Goal setting
    • Having a purpose, focus and direction to achieve your dreams. Going beyond what you think you are capable of achieving
  • Team work
    • What makes a successful Team? Together Everyone Achieves More
  • Leadership
    • Role Models who inspire others to reach and fulfill their potential. “Leadership is getting what you want done by someone"



Excellent. Extremely good presentation – well prepared mixed comfortably with guests and was very amenable to photo participation.  Highly recommended!
Jim’s Group

Richard Hadlee has a life outside cricket.  But, he skilfully used his cricket learning to tell us a little about personalities, people and achieving
The Steel Institute of Australia

Our audience appreciated Richard's presentation style and wit. He hit the mark with the audience.

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