New Zealand news October 15, 2012

Martin Crowe diagnosed with lymphoma

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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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  • ak_dragon on October 16, 2012, 21:52 GMT

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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • on October 16, 2012, 3:09 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Munkeymomo on October 15, 2012, 21:34 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • ak_dragon on October 16, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Living Legends of New Zealand Cricket.....

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • on October 16, 2012, 3:09 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Munkeymomo on October 15, 2012, 21:34 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • JG2704 on October 15, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Have a fond memory of meeting him and John Wright. Somerset (who Martin then plyed for) had just beaten Derbys (who Wright then played for) were in the members/players enclosure and as a kid I meekly asked for their autographs. Cricketers were different in their reactions to asking for their autographs but Wright and Crowe invited me inside where there was a great atmosphere of fans and players watching the tail end of another JPL match and could not have been more accomodating. From then on NZ became my 2nd team. I'll echo all the other comments and will say class player and more importantly a class person. All the best , hope you beat this.

  • SCC08 on October 15, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Time for another fighting innings Mr Crowe, good luck mate. Wishing you all the best in the fight.

    @Venkata Ramana - big ups to you mate.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 15, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    In the modern world, if it ain't war or famine, it's disease that makes life hard for good and innocent people. Very sad to hear this news. I hope he fights it out and gets well. May God be with him and his family at this difficult time.

  • on October 15, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Hoping he has a speedy recovery from a Windies fan.

  • maddy20 on October 15, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Sad to hear. From what I know cancers associated with the immune system are the most dangerous of the lot. I hope it is at an early stage and he recovers soon.

  • on October 15, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Sad news, hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.

  • AH_USA on October 15, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Martin Crowe was one of the best batsman of all times. A very stylish batsman with a superb footwork. Wasim Akram has acknowledged that for him, he was one of the most difficult batsmen to bowl. I sencerely wish him good luck and hope that he recovers soon. A fan from Pakistan.

  • xylo on October 15, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Wish you a quick and painless recovery!

  • Scube on October 15, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Dear Martin, may God bless you with a quick & speedy recovery & your family with necessary strength to get through this tough time unscathed! I'm sure, the prayers & wishes of millions of cricket fans all over the world will ensure that you overcome this obstacle and come out of it stronger!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 15, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Vry sad.MAY U GET WEL SOON MR CROWE.AMEN

  • halfacow on October 15, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Sad news. Martin Crowe and Richard Hadlee are the reason i barrack for NZ and i am an Aussie. Fantastic batsmen who performed against some of the best attacks in the history of the game. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

  • jonesy2 on October 15, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    horrible news. best of luck for one of new zealand's greats.

  • dicky_boy on October 15, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    this helps us realize cricket is a sport, i feel so ashamed at all my previous comments on cricinfo , its a game and lets leave it there , everyone out there be healthy and be well Also cricket is a sport which helps take our mind off this life which is full of unknown dangers and tragedies at every single corner:) , bless you Mr.Crowe hope you recover

  • on October 15, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Martin Crowe is one of my favourite all-time players. I can never forget his 188 v Australia at the Gabba in 1985-86, nor his two hundreds at Lord's, nor his achievements in Pakistan in 1990-91 as well as his player of the tournament performances in the 1992 World Cup. The greatest Kiwi batsman ever. I wish him the best of recovery.

  • on October 15, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    In September 2010, I was diagnosed as suffering with Lymphoma. I had one huge mass and some more smaller masses in back. Actually the mass was so big that it pressed on my stomach and the stomach was seen as all most a cylinder in the PET Scan. I was treated at Madras by Dr Ramesh Nimmagadda. I was given only40% chance of survival. I was advised to take 8 sittings of Chemo (once in 25 days). By the 5th Cycle the whole mass(es) disappeared. He gave one more cycle of chemo, and stopped the Rx.

    Recently I took another PET scan and there was no trace of the retched disorder.

  • on October 15, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Wish him the best of luck for a speedy recovery.We hope he has the strength to overcome such a harrowing situation

  • parth721 on October 15, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Get well soon!!!! hope u will get back on the field once more :)

  • Advanced_Donkeys on October 15, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Wish u a speedy recovery Mr.Crowe!!!

  • Sinhaya on October 15, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    This is dreadful news and all the best for a speedy recovery.

  • on October 15, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Hope you get better Mr.Crowe, I stillhave memories of your 92 team that made even the top teams shake with fear. I hope you will get better soon.

  • on October 15, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    May you find your best health as soon as possible. My wishes are always with you. May God protect you always. You are my childhood hero as well. Miss u in cricket field. Recover soon. Aameen

  • on October 15, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Sad news. Hope you get well and recover soon mate. All the best.

  • on October 15, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Best wishes for speedy recovery one of most favorite batsman of all time

  • on October 15, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    We pray for his speedy recovery.... he was a tremendous batsman in his prime...

  • Percy_Fender on October 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Wish you the very best of luck for a speedy recovery. I am sure you will come through and get back to what the world knows you to be.

  • haq33 on October 15, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Best wishes to Mr Crowe and family at this difficult time. Whole cricket world is united behind you.

  • on October 15, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Mr.Marin Crow - Wish you the courage to fight your way back to normal asap. You were one the most elegant batsmen the world has ever produced. I am sure there will be numerous no of fans all over the world, wish your speedy recovery.

  • Deran on October 15, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Whatever the case is, wish him a speedy recovery, such a talented batsman he was, and a great cricketing icon. Blessings all the way from Sri Lanka.

  • cricketwriter1980 on October 15, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    May you drive away this misfortune, Martin, like the searing yorkers of Waqar and Wasim that you so artfully and skillfully drove in the 1990 series while your fellow batsmen were all at sea against them. No one in the world played their reverse swing better and with such confidence. Your memories will always be made of this. May you grow old healthy to fondly play with them too.

  • plow on October 15, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Oh that's terrible news. All the best Crowey fight it all the way mate, and get back to a healthy life.

  • on October 15, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    :| I wish him and his family all the best for a quick and a complete recovery!!

  • CricketMaan on October 15, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Good Wishes for a legendary Kiwi!

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  • CricketMaan on October 15, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Good Wishes for a legendary Kiwi!

  • on October 15, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    :| I wish him and his family all the best for a quick and a complete recovery!!

  • plow on October 15, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Oh that's terrible news. All the best Crowey fight it all the way mate, and get back to a healthy life.

  • cricketwriter1980 on October 15, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    May you drive away this misfortune, Martin, like the searing yorkers of Waqar and Wasim that you so artfully and skillfully drove in the 1990 series while your fellow batsmen were all at sea against them. No one in the world played their reverse swing better and with such confidence. Your memories will always be made of this. May you grow old healthy to fondly play with them too.

  • Deran on October 15, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Whatever the case is, wish him a speedy recovery, such a talented batsman he was, and a great cricketing icon. Blessings all the way from Sri Lanka.

  • on October 15, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Mr.Marin Crow - Wish you the courage to fight your way back to normal asap. You were one the most elegant batsmen the world has ever produced. I am sure there will be numerous no of fans all over the world, wish your speedy recovery.

  • haq33 on October 15, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Best wishes to Mr Crowe and family at this difficult time. Whole cricket world is united behind you.

  • Percy_Fender on October 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Wish you the very best of luck for a speedy recovery. I am sure you will come through and get back to what the world knows you to be.

  • on October 15, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    We pray for his speedy recovery.... he was a tremendous batsman in his prime...

  • on October 15, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Best wishes for speedy recovery one of most favorite batsman of all time