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Martin Crowe diagnosed with lymphoma

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October 15, 2012

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Martin Crowe bats in a Texaco Trophy match, 1990
One of New Zealand's most celebrated batsmen, Martin Crowe had played in 77 Tests Adrian Murrell / © Getty Images
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Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe had been diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer. The diagnosis, New Zealand newspapers reported on Monday, was "very new" and Crowe's family was still coming to terms with it. No details have as yet been released of how serious or at what stage the cancer is.

"Understandably the family have a number of issues to confront over the next couple of weeks, the diagnosis is very new, the family is still in shock and obviously dealing with the understanding that life as they know it for the unforeseeable future is different," Louise Henderson, a close family friend and manager, was quoted as saying.

One of New Zealand's most celebrated batsmen, Crowe, 50, had played 77 Tests between 1982 and 1995, before he was forced to quit international cricket due to a bad knee. He had briefly attempted to return to competitive cricket last November, saying that he considered it 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. However, the attempt was aborted three balls into his first innings, as he pulled a thigh muscle while batting for Cornwall against Parnell in a club game.

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Posted by ak_dragon on (October 16, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

Living Legends of New Zealand Cricket.....

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

what sad news! one of the greatest batsmen of all time, he started using spin bowlers in opening overs and promoted mark greatbatch to open and make use of the adv in the first 15 overs during the 1992 WC, which incidently all others repeated later on. Gob bless u and pray for speedy recovery!

Posted by taslu613 on (October 16, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

This is shocking news indeed.There are examples of the cricketers who diagnosed with cancer and returned to their normal life after the treatment. i hope martin will come round very soon.now the cancer is curable like other disease. mental toughness is very important.i do believe he could defeat this disease. Best of luck martin.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

The one reason, along with Sir Richard that I watched and went to all their games. Even if we were 10 for 2 and Marty came out next we always believed that a ton was going to appear on the scoreboard. I had the pleasure of being at the Basin when he scored that 299. There was a deathly silence of disbelief. And I'm sure I heard his bat hit the inside wall of the Vance Stand. Hit that tumour for a cover drive mate, and you will win, scorch it to the boundary.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

We are all shocked to hear this about Martin ,all the best young man .I was just talking to Sonny Shaw and he didnt believe me when i told him .Hes ringing you tonight chopper .

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 3:09 GMT)

Martin i m 4rm Pakistan. get wel soon and wish you good luck

Posted by Mainze on (October 15, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

All the best Martin, if your battling qualities you showed on a cricket pitch are anything to go by you will beat this evil disease. All the very best to you and yours.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (October 15, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

Cancer of the lymphocytes. My god I wish this man a recovery, even though the chances are very bleak. Lets just hope they caught it at an early stage and can contain it like they did to Yuvraj

Posted by Munkeymomo on (October 15, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

Wish Mr Crowe nothing but a full and speedy recovery. Sad news indeed.

Posted by CamS71 on (October 15, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

Just echoing the thoughts already given here. All the best Martin & hope you spank this cancer the way you did the world's best bowlers.

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