New Zealand news May 19, 2011

Martin Crowe announces surprise comeback at 48

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Martin Crowe, the former New Zealand captain, has said that he is contemplating a return to first-class cricket 15 years after retiring from it. Crowe, 48, said he sees it as a means of self-motivation and a tool to get fit - and also an opportunity to score the 392 runs he needs to tally 20,000 first-class runs.

He will first turn out for the Cornwall cricket club before deciding on plans to play for Auckland Central Districts.

"Every now and then you find yourself drifting along. I needed to do something to stay at the top of things," Crowe told ESPNcricinfo." It's a little bit of fun but it's based on the need to get off my butt. When you get to my age, you need to do something. Physically, I am a person who needs more than going to gym. I need to fire myself up. I don't like swimming, cycling, or lifting weights. I can't climb, I can't run; why not bat? It's a serious goal to get fit but it's a fun and light-hearted attempt to see if a 48-year old can play and at what level. Unless you try you will never know."

He then added, with a laugh, "Hey! If Ganguly can do it, anyone can do it!" Shane Warne has been amazing and as a spin bowler he can probably bowl like that for a long time to come. Gilchrist has kept himself fit. It's human nature to feel that you are top of things."

It's also human nature that makes some fans wary of sportspersons making comebacks at such an age. The thought of watching their once-favourite player struggling doesn't sit too well with some fans. Some even consider such comeback attempts to be a bit sad on the part of the player but Crowe said he didn't subscribe to that view. "No. if I had done that at the age of 37-38, then may be your concerns would be valid. If I had done it then, it would have been sad. At that stage you are trying to make a comeback to international cricket. Now, I don't have any aspiration to play international cricket. I gave up then because of my knee. I am interested to see if a 48-year old can bat. It's probably unlikely. It's probably only heard of at average club level. But that's what we are going to check out."

Crowe said he drew inspiration from Adam Parore and Mark Richardson. "Parore is about to climb Mount Everest and Mark Richardson is about to do four marathons this year. I realised I needed to something that wasn't just about getting fit but oriented towards something I would have fun doing. My friend texted me: 'Why don't you try knocking off 20,000 first-class runs? You have 392 to go.' And I thought that's the perfect answer. Why don't I take a bat in my hand and see what happens when summer comes around. At the same time it could be fun because here in New Zealand the batting is in a little bit of decline and it will be a good way to see where the techniques are at."

Crowe was forced to quit international cricket due to his bad knee, with few career goals still unfinished. "I'm happy with my career except for the fact that I finished on a downer, with an injury. I suppose I wanted 20 hundreds, 6000 runs, but in the end I was not physically capable of hanging on. And a lot of politics came in to it. Howarth as coach was a joke, and I played under Lee Germon, which was ridiculous," he had once said in a 2008 interview.

After retirement, Crowe underwent an operation to his knee. "By the time I was 40, I couldn't even walk. I had a major operation called an osteotomy; it gives you 15 years of interim relief until you are old enough to have an artificial knee. I have felt good with this operation in the last 4-5 years. I have been playing regular golf and walking with no discomfort. I just feel I need to do a little bit more as I am lacking focus on something. So I have come up with this."

"My vision is pretty good. One of the challenges is to see how the nerves hold out - when a 20-year old is bowling at you, how do you feel about it? And I am quite keen to find out what's that like."
Martin Crowe

The last time he picked up the bat was last March, when he turned out in a charity game for the Christchurch earthquake called 'Fill the Basin'. Crowe made six runs, which included a boundary, before falling to Stephen Fleming. "I play regular golf and I have played cricket occasionally over the years. Two years ago, I took the New Zealand team to Hong Kong sixes and I did a lot of practice. When I was in Bangalore for IPL in 2008 as coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore, I did a lot of practice before the main players turned up. I faced a lot of Sunil Joshi in the nets. I felt good, fit. I know I can still use the bat, it's the case of whether the body holds up, and how long the foot will keep moving until everything seizes up."

Crowe said he will stop playing when he gets close to risking an injury and shared his thoughts on facing young pace bowlers. "Getting injured is going to be a high probability. When it starts getting to that stage, you stop. The quest is over. I want to see how far I can push myself. I will start with club cricket and if all goes well, then that far-fetched dream of getting 20,000 runs is earned. That's the Everest, the goal I am giving myself. I am pretty confident that I can play nice and straight and score runs with my ability to hit the ball where I want to. My eye-sight is pretty good. One of the challenges is to see how the nerves hold out - when a 20-year old is bowling at you, how do you feel about it? And I am quite keen to find out what's that like. As soon as I get a feeling that it's all too hard, that's fine'; we shall pack it up. To walk out and play competitive cricket is the goal."

Crowe will return to his spiritual cricket home at the Cornwall cricket ground in Auckland. "I started there when I was six years old. That's where my father's ashes are. That's where my family was brought up in cricketing sense."

Batting against pace might excite him but what about fielding at this age, and at what position will he field? "I like the gully," Crowe said with a laugh. Asked whether he will consider turning out for New Zealand if he succeeds at the club and first-class levels, Crowe deadpanned: "Now you are getting silly mate!"

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Min2000 on May 22, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Marty Crowe you are the man! One of the best things about the 80s era was getting to see him bat. Crowe has a near flawless technique that produced flowing strokeplay, all the shots. Younger players could learn a lot from seeing him at the crease. I guess 50 is the new 40?

  • on May 22, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Yes there are players overdue for retirement/ to be drpped too and they are G Smith for SA (No performance against any strong side for years), Dravid for Ind (No performances in any imp Test for 2 yrs).............Chanderpaul for WI (Too worn out to play big innings or play at brisk pace)

  • on May 22, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    The players who can seriously consider a comback and are needed by their respective internation sides are.....................for Aus Gilly, Daimen Martin and Warne.......For SA Gibbs................For Pak Saeed Anwar....For WI Richards and Ambrose. ................. For SL Jayasuria and DeSilva....................For NZ Astle but not Crowe.

  • on May 21, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Newzealand's most sucessfull captain is back to competitive cricket.Which is good for cricket lovers, Why? because at the age 48 he is very keen to acheieve some milestones on the other hand fans are eagarly waiting to see how he plays....

  • deegowd on May 20, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    C'mon guys, the Ganguly comment was made in light vein. He is not talking about talent or runs or anything. He means, if Ganguly can retire and make a comeback, then anyone can. And we all know about Ganguly's agility and fitness.

  • kola97 on May 20, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Martin Crowe was definitely a class act in a league much different than Ganguly. Ganguly only scored two thousand runs more than Martin Crowe in tests, and only 7000 more runs in ODIs. Only 18 more centuries in ODI and only 38 more half-centuries. Yes, Martin Crowe was definitely a class act in a different league and it's an insult to compare this collossus of World Cricket to a pygmy like Saurav Ganguly.

  • deegowd on May 20, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Martin, All the best. Hope to see you playing first-class cricket and wish your body and eye-sight hold up. No harm in having a little fun.

  • SasiGladi on May 20, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    He is an wonderful stroke player with good technique, there were some old legends who are feeling bad as they dont have T20 at their age he must be one of them. Cant imagine what Viv richards would have done in IPL - monstrous shots bettered pollard and gayle he is a great feilder too......

  • nzcricket174 on May 20, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Its funny how people are offended by the Ganguly remark. There's obviously some sort of language barrier in which people don't understand this little thing we call a "JOKE".

  • zwartedepiet on May 20, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Martin Crowe is a class act. He may not have the reflexes of his younger days, but I bet he still has the best technique in NZ. Love to see him batting alongside Kane Williamson in a test match. Crowe would rack them up at first class level.

  • Min2000 on May 22, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Marty Crowe you are the man! One of the best things about the 80s era was getting to see him bat. Crowe has a near flawless technique that produced flowing strokeplay, all the shots. Younger players could learn a lot from seeing him at the crease. I guess 50 is the new 40?

  • on May 22, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Yes there are players overdue for retirement/ to be drpped too and they are G Smith for SA (No performance against any strong side for years), Dravid for Ind (No performances in any imp Test for 2 yrs).............Chanderpaul for WI (Too worn out to play big innings or play at brisk pace)

  • on May 22, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    The players who can seriously consider a comback and are needed by their respective internation sides are.....................for Aus Gilly, Daimen Martin and Warne.......For SA Gibbs................For Pak Saeed Anwar....For WI Richards and Ambrose. ................. For SL Jayasuria and DeSilva....................For NZ Astle but not Crowe.

  • on May 21, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Newzealand's most sucessfull captain is back to competitive cricket.Which is good for cricket lovers, Why? because at the age 48 he is very keen to acheieve some milestones on the other hand fans are eagarly waiting to see how he plays....

  • deegowd on May 20, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    C'mon guys, the Ganguly comment was made in light vein. He is not talking about talent or runs or anything. He means, if Ganguly can retire and make a comeback, then anyone can. And we all know about Ganguly's agility and fitness.

  • kola97 on May 20, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Martin Crowe was definitely a class act in a league much different than Ganguly. Ganguly only scored two thousand runs more than Martin Crowe in tests, and only 7000 more runs in ODIs. Only 18 more centuries in ODI and only 38 more half-centuries. Yes, Martin Crowe was definitely a class act in a different league and it's an insult to compare this collossus of World Cricket to a pygmy like Saurav Ganguly.

  • deegowd on May 20, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Martin, All the best. Hope to see you playing first-class cricket and wish your body and eye-sight hold up. No harm in having a little fun.

  • SasiGladi on May 20, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    He is an wonderful stroke player with good technique, there were some old legends who are feeling bad as they dont have T20 at their age he must be one of them. Cant imagine what Viv richards would have done in IPL - monstrous shots bettered pollard and gayle he is a great feilder too......

  • nzcricket174 on May 20, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Its funny how people are offended by the Ganguly remark. There's obviously some sort of language barrier in which people don't understand this little thing we call a "JOKE".

  • zwartedepiet on May 20, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Martin Crowe is a class act. He may not have the reflexes of his younger days, but I bet he still has the best technique in NZ. Love to see him batting alongside Kane Williamson in a test match. Crowe would rack them up at first class level.

  • sammykent on May 20, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Excellent stuff. What a legend.

  • MaruthuDelft on May 20, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Peception is reality over a longer period. Ageing is actually caused by perception. Ageing to a large extent is an illusion; usage probably is more real. If you don't use your legs now you can use it later. Martin is a very intelligent man; he would have felt it and tested it before the announcement.

  • on May 20, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Please, Martin Crowe was a class act in a different league. Comparing him to Ganguly is an insult to Crowe. I am sure Crowe can do better than what Ganguly can do now.

  • ankitbhat on May 20, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    i really want Martin to play some special knocks after this comeback

  • wrongturn on May 20, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    this man is gon mad....what he mean "If Ganguly can do it, anyone can do it!" .....both are diff kind of batsman we cant compare them......please mind this thing before talkking against ganguly.........u r great player at new zealnd not in india.....but best of luck for ur come back......

  • stormy16 on May 20, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Can I say this bloke was special and with Hadlee in the same team formed a great base for the team. I think this is great - hey this gives blokes like me hope too - ok I'm not even a back yard slogger at best but its gives me hope that even with age there is hope to keep playing sport.

  • SRT_GENIUS on May 20, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Also, if Crowe was doing it for IPL money, he was already making it as coach/consultant/whatever.

  • King_Anish on May 20, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    /// faced a lot of Sunil Joshi in the nets. I felt good, fit. ///

    Dear Martin, please don't draw confidence from hitting Sunil Joshi. Even your grand-mom can hit him for sixers all around the park :-)

  • on May 20, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Good on ya mate! looking forward for you to complete your 20,000 first-class runs. Good luck.

  • Rajesh_13 on May 20, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Good luck Mr. Crowe. I loved watching you batting when I was also young. Now, getting an opportunity to watch you again makes me feel good.

  • on May 20, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    Martin, please don't tease me with this announcement. I hope you are not having a laugh. You are by far the most talented batsmen New Zealand has produced in my life time and I would love to see you don the whites again and take some of cocky young bowlers to school. You can do it Martin!

  • philknight on May 20, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    Crowe and Ganguly can't really be compared considering the different eras in which they played and the important fact one was a left hander while the other was a right hander. As a kiwi I am well aware that Ganguly is one of the greatest batsmen of all time but I would just like our friends on the subcontinent to realise Crowe holds a special place in all NZ cricket fans' hearts. The simple reason is we are so proud we produced a world class batsman and we know the world acknowledged his talent. Most kiwi batters are gritty and determined but Crowe also had real skill and could dominate the great bowling attacks of the time. India is a giant of the game and consistently unearth special players but we have probably only had four in our history (Sutcliffe, Hadlee, Crowe, Reid). Sorry about the long comment everyone and good luck Marty. Your two scores of 188 against Aussie and the Windies were as good as they get.

  • SRT_GENIUS on May 20, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    @Vibhu Persad: agreed! agreed!

  • Cricket_theBestGame on May 20, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    nothing wrong with this crowe...we see 50+ play in club and park cricket each season. so why not a former internation. i'm sure you'll score 50s and maybe 100s without much fuss. i still remember the cartoon with you axing your knee when you got injured against pak in semi final. good luck

  • on May 19, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Oh c'mon guys, lay off the bloke for a bit. He's clearly said this is a bit of fun for him, and why not? People have no idea what it's like to have to stop doing something you love. And look at it this way....if he scores a lot of runs, then it says something about the state of NZ bowling prospects. Also younger batsmen can feed off of his experience. Good on yer, mate !!

  • thenoostar on May 19, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    Many players in English first class cricket have played into their 50s. Graeme Hick retired at 42 and was still carting bowlers around the park. Technically, Martin Crowe is one of the finest players to play the game.

  • Jambo22 on May 19, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    One thing in Crowe's favour is his technique, which was always exceptional. That won't go and he'll always have that to fall back on (hopefully not literally). He might do okay at club level, there are a few 40-somethings at that level, but f/c could be a bridge too far. I wish him all the best!

  • george204 on May 19, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    I would give almost anything to see Martin Crowe bat again - at any level of cricket - one of my favourite all time players. What a challenge he's set himself! Reading his comments, I think he's quite realistic about how hard it might be. Playing club cricket is probably a good place to start. Good luck, Martin!

  • gothetaniwha on May 19, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Great idea Martin , Hey nowdays most international players don,t even play first class cricket anymore with the crowded international calenders and WC every year . NZ FC teams are just full of under 23 players these days , can,t see any reason why not - as long as your fit and Auckland could do with you as a batsmen , Just bat and field at slip and let the youngsters run around for you .

  • on May 19, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    people laugh at Pakistani players.... Now whats this!!!!!

  • intcamd on May 19, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Good luck, he definitely has the balls to make this announcement, but more than likely he will fall flat on his face unfortunately

  • bigwonder on May 19, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Martin thinks he compare himself with Ganguly and get back into Cricket. He is better suited for a coaching role (Australia) but a comeback looks awful. You want players who can throw themselves at the ball to stop runs and not worry about breaking bones or recovering them quick. I think it is a bad choice/decision.

  • cricket_for_all on May 19, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Very simple; This is Just T-20 motivation (IPL, now SLPL, etc....).

  • on May 19, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    He can easily replaces most overrated player in newzealand team, Macullam !

  • rayinto on May 19, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Congratulations! Why not? Some people play golf in their 70s. So long as your eyesight holds out and you can run - just do the same for cricket. There is nothing worst than looking at past players putting on the pounds and become arm chair critics.Set the bar! maybe the "pigeon" will come out of retirement too.Won't that be something? McGrath to Crowe! Right on line! Forward defensive! No runs!

  • jonesy2 on May 19, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    this is the greatest thing ive ever read!

  • Desihungama on May 19, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    WOW. Simply unbelievable. I am in shock and awe. All I can say more power to Crowe. I am sure more and more athletes will take a leaf from him. Also, the new generation athletes tend to be fitter so they can prolong their careers. Martin Crowe is by the way cousin of actor Russell Crowe. Way to go Martin - Pak Cric Fan (sadly)

  • kumarcoolbuddy on May 19, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Getting inspiration is good but why is he comparing himself with players younger than him? ganguly, Gilly and Shane Warne are younger to him. Anyway gudluck...

  • on May 19, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    grant flower came out of retirement and played for zimbambwe last year.....do newzelznd need martin?

  • SRT_GENIUS on May 19, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    If anything, he might inspire a few youngsters to stick on.

  • Prakhs on May 19, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Good spirit mate.. but it would be interesting to see if the club signs him on the basis of his fitness and performance or on just emotional quotient. Its a very brave decision to walk up and bat against young, vibrant bowling attacks. By brave i mean you may end up loosing the respect and aura that a good player carries after his retirement. The performance has to speak for itself and its not just the past heroics that will keep him going. If you are speaking about Ganguly, he has billions of fans supporting him, even if he performs or not but Mr.Crowe unfortunately u don't belong to a country of billion people. So best of luck..

  • shakkw on May 19, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Cannot forget his captaincy during 1992 world cup. He knew how to get best of his team very much like Imran Khan. All the best !!

  • StevieS on May 19, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Jhonny James yeah how dear him, he should give up on life already and check himself into a retirement home. Burt Munro, look him up. if everyone who had what others called a far fetched dream check themselves into a psychiatrist we would still be living in the dark ages.

  • on May 19, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Martin Crowe got more respect than Ganguly. Unlucky due to injury other wise he was going to put many records under his title.

  • MeowCat on May 19, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    if he can bat better than a youngster,let him play.He is wielded with great excperience and skill,and he can share it.Like Glenn mcBro did in 2009 for Delhi daredevils.he didnt play in IPL but was more like a coach.However he DID play in CLT20 to replace Warner! Pidgeon was great.

  • AdnanSiddiqui on May 19, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Oh well .. Interesting and Courageous decision .. I think IPL is the greatest motivation for all these retirees to take a shot and earn something extraordinary for rest of the life .. Even a lowest category pay for this Masala and Drama event will be more then what Crowe might have earned playing for whole year during his playing days ...

  • dilanz51 on May 19, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Now I can't wait to see Richie Benaud roll his arm over.

  • Srini_Indian on May 19, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Why he is bringing Ganguly here. Ganguly is better batsman than Crowe. Still there are billion people who can watch Ganguly bat. Who will pay money and watch Crowe bat? Due for disaster and embarassment Mr. Crowe.

  • Irarum on May 19, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    @Meandsayantan: Well said. Never in India dude. And no one cares even if they do that. In India achievement means a great cricket player or something that results in some cash. I bet half India doesn't know who Karanam malliswari is or Gopichand was a world champion badminton player. For more than 70% of people in India its either daily survival or doing something for tomorrow that matters. and for them marathon and Mouting everest is out of their way. I wish the best for MCrowe. he has the courage to think about coming back.

  • Srini_Indian on May 19, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Due for disaster...LOL

  • on May 19, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    No chance he is too old for IPL or any Club Cricket,Martin if you serious I can sign you for my gulli cricket team hehe

  • on May 19, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    oh boy sanath jayasuriya never going to retire from ODIs and T20s after hearing this news !!!

  • on May 19, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    He just wants a first-class triple :)

    Great spirit shown, but he's right, people shouldn't hope to see him at his former glory. If only he hadn't been famous before...

  • ozziefan08 on May 19, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    What a joke, seems like he is trying to hold onto his golden years. I cant see it ending well. Please tell me how this would be beneficial to NZ cricket in the long run? He will just keep a younger batsman out of team.

  • NP_NY on May 19, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    A bit strange, but no one knows Martin Crowe's body and fitness level better than Martin Crowe himself. So I'll reserve my judgement until after he plays a couple of games. If Jackie Chan can do his own martial arts stunts in his late 50s why cant Crowe play cricket at 48?

  • duba on May 19, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    If he wants to play let him come n play.. why does he take a leaf of ganguly... he will never get such a support what ganguly gets..

  • Mark00 on May 19, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Wasim Akram explained that the reason he rated Crowe and Aravinda De Silva as the best he bowled to was because they could see and react to late swing on fast deliveries. The problem with age, though, is that you loose the ability to focus mentally due to increasing responsibilities outside the game and, at about 40, the focusing mechanism of the eye become slower to respond. I wish him the best of luck.

  • Meandsayantan on May 19, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Wow, Adam Parore is climbing Mount Everest and Mark Richardson is running marathons ! That's the difference between a place with a proper sports culture, and a country like India where only cricket is the culture ! I wonder if some Sanjay Manjrekar or Salil Ankola or Ajay Jadeja would ever think of doing such stuff during retirement !

  • InnocentGuy on May 19, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    I bet Mumbai Indians will sign him for IPL 5. :/

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    With all due respect to Martin I wonder whether he needs to visit a psychiatrist

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    great spirit shown by the great batsman.... I hope this can help New Zealand team as well.

  • rkannancrown on May 19, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Given the state of New Zeland cricket now, he may be selected for test team!!!!

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    May be okay with the knee but what about reflexes! Recently Glichrist got head on the helmet by a bowler in IPL and he attributed it to age. Good luck, it will be good fun!

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    i hope you will some of your energy left to c great cricket shot ...best of luck

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    good choice,a player is always a player,and since when age matters, u got the talent and confident,what a way to go,,get back early in the game

  • TywinLannister on May 19, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    and this is headlines news? relax - it's just another cricketer going through a mid-life crisis.

  • addiemanav on May 19, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    go martin go!!!i think its a superb personal effort from him to come back and play decent level of cricket!will surely be a gr8 sporting story!!hopes he does well!!how about tests??nz dont hav gud batsmen in the line-up!can he still beat them??

  • vipinchaudhary2325 on May 19, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    viv richards.... plz come back and play in IPL in Mumbai Indians.... we r sure u can smash some monster sixes now also.... lollll

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    @Ramster. Perfect punch. But frnd, it will be thrilling to see him back

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    hmmm....can't believe..lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz yhrhyfg jhuugfg

  • CricketChat on May 19, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    There many other ways to get and stay fit than playing competitive cricket at 48. I sincerely hope he doesn't get seriously injured for his childish decision.

  • siddharth_r2001 on May 19, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Club cricket and First class cricket (the everest of 20,000 runs) is all well....but I think his secret ambition is to get an IPL contract ;).......hehe, just kidding! but seriously, given the quality of player he was in his prime, if his fitness holds, he will give a run for their money to SEVERAL batsmen playing in the IPL, who, let's just say, are 'mediocre' (and that is an understatement!)

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Hell if he wants to do it, who are we to stop him. But seriously, i think he will battle!

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Hope he perform well in FC cricket.

  • BDKu on May 19, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    A man has 3 ages. 1. Age as per the Calendar, you have no control over it. 2. Age of your body, you can control this to a great extent 3. Age of the mind , you can control this to a great extent. So if you are physically and mentally fit you can do any thing the calendar does not matter. This is a long shot Martin, but give it your best shot. All the best.

  • boundless on May 19, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Do they celebrate all fool's day a bit later Down Under or what?

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Go Crowe!!!will luv to c u in action!!

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    "Hey! If Ganguly can do it, anyone can do it!" Not funny at all

  • Gizza on May 19, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Now this is news!!! Haha!

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    I actually thought it was Page2 article of cricinfo.

  • Quazar on May 19, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Crowe must have seen "Rocky Balboa"! But hey... I say good luck to him! And there have been 1st class cricketers aged 50 before... so I say it's worth a try for him. But I wonder if his knee will hold up to running between the wickets...

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    sure he would still be great. But he could hardly get through a game when he was young with his knee. So I guess you would have to be quick to se him before he collapses. hehe.

  • D.V.C. on May 19, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    I've played with a 70 year old in Club cricket. He played the glance and leg cut well, and I recall him becoming the oldest person to make a 50 on one ground.

    I don't think Crowe is being silly. If he wasn't an ex-international no one would say anything about him playing Club cricket. 1st Class is a different story, but hey, it's NZ it's not like they have an ocean of depth.

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    I remember when Wasim Akram said "Martin Crowe was the best batsman he bowled to". All the very best Martin

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    COME ON ,, FINALLY SOMETHING FRESH IS COMING UP.... ONE OF TH BEST BATSMEN IN CRICKETING FRATERNITY... IS COMING BACK... REMINDS US OF ARNOLDS, LINE IN TERMINATOR ,, I WILL BE BACK,,, SO LETS WATCH HIM PLAY SOME CLASS INNING.. WAYS FO AZHAR,S THE JADEJA,S KAAMBLI,S.....

  • Psyc_s on May 19, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    C'mon Rocky Balboa.....The reasoning was perfect...All the best...

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 19, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Hope he perform well in FC cricket.

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    I need to see this guy play state cricket please!!! will be hilarious when he outscores the likes of mathew bell, cummings, flynn, etc etc and maybe he can be picked for the test side, i know he's probly still better then most of the openers who've been in the side in the last few years.

  • Willowarriers on May 19, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    come on Crowe. Your brother does the movies where age doesn't matter. why don't you just relax and maybe try coaching. Look at Gilly, Warne and the other aged brigade at the IPL.. they are much younger tan 48 and still there are clear signs of the zip fading away... Your spirit may have to be commended but is this realistic?

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    what a courage. No Newzealanders matched him after his retirement. I can still remember his batting in 92 wc. Great player.

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    AHAHAHAH..hey why not Martin?...with the wealth of talent available in New Zealand cricket he could well find himself in the national team soon. REal SOON!!!!

  • Ramster on May 19, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    I think Marty is a few french fries short of a happy meal!!!! He has absolutely lost his mind......

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Nice Hogan, give it a crack mate

  • TRAM on May 19, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Oh C',mon, why dont you write a book on modern day cricket instead ? Dont spoil another youngster's slot - even if it is your club cricket. Also, check with your family. they wouldn't like to see you get hurt. Let peace prevail...

  • Saim93 on May 19, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    He's gone nuts...........

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    would like to watch him play

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  • on May 19, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    would like to watch him play

  • Saim93 on May 19, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    He's gone nuts...........

  • TRAM on May 19, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Oh C',mon, why dont you write a book on modern day cricket instead ? Dont spoil another youngster's slot - even if it is your club cricket. Also, check with your family. they wouldn't like to see you get hurt. Let peace prevail...

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Nice Hogan, give it a crack mate

  • Ramster on May 19, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    I think Marty is a few french fries short of a happy meal!!!! He has absolutely lost his mind......

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    AHAHAHAH..hey why not Martin?...with the wealth of talent available in New Zealand cricket he could well find himself in the national team soon. REal SOON!!!!

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    what a courage. No Newzealanders matched him after his retirement. I can still remember his batting in 92 wc. Great player.

  • Willowarriers on May 19, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    come on Crowe. Your brother does the movies where age doesn't matter. why don't you just relax and maybe try coaching. Look at Gilly, Warne and the other aged brigade at the IPL.. they are much younger tan 48 and still there are clear signs of the zip fading away... Your spirit may have to be commended but is this realistic?

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    I need to see this guy play state cricket please!!! will be hilarious when he outscores the likes of mathew bell, cummings, flynn, etc etc and maybe he can be picked for the test side, i know he's probly still better then most of the openers who've been in the side in the last few years.

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 19, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Hope he perform well in FC cricket.