Crowe also had a spell with English county side Somerset between 1984 and 1988, and scored a total of 19,608 first-class runs in his career.
He retired in 1996 with a knee injury and went on to become a television commentator and author.
He also helped develop Cricket Max - a precursor to Twenty20.
In 2014, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Crowe said he could "happily live with" New Zealand's World Cup final against Australia being potentially the last match he ever saw.
"My precarious life ahead may not afford me the luxury of many more games to watch and enjoy," he wrote on ESPN Cricinfo. "So this is likely to be it. The last, maybe, and I can happily live with that."
His older brother, Jeff, played 39 Tests for New Zealand between 1983 and 1990, while he was a cousin of the Hollywood actor Russell Crowe.