“We were all very sad to hear of Barry’s passing,” Heath Mills, the chief executive of the New Zealand Cricket players’ association, said. “We have been blessed to have him involved with the NZCPA for so many years.
“Barry was one of the first past players to sign up to our organisation and loved being involved and helping the current players achieve a better environment in the game. We are going to miss him greatly.”
He returned for the final match of the series in Auckland for what would be his last Test.
In total, he played 118 first-class games, making 6114 runs at 32.87, including six centuries. He was also regarded as a brilliant fielder.
In the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Sinclair was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.