New Zealand news October 18, 2012

Crowe blames cancer on touring ills

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has described his cancer as "very treatable" and blamed the disease on the rigours of a touring lifestyle with New Zealand for two decades. Crowe, who has been diagnosed with grade two follicular lymphoma, said his immune system had weakened after suffering illnesses on certain tours, like when he picked up salmonella poisoning in Sri Lanka in 1984.

"It is very treatable. It is not aggressive," Crowe said in a statement. "Treatment will be decided in due course after further tests and consultation in the next two weeks.

"In the past, on travels during my cricket career, suffering salmonella and glandular fever has compromised me. The result of a weakened immune system over the last two decades is basically why I have become exposed to this sort of disease."

Crowe took the setback in a positive spirit and thanked his well-wishers for their support. He said the cancer had affected the lymph nodes in his neck, armpits and stomach.

"I am overwhelmed by the support and concern by so many around the world and wish to say a massive thanks... it has enabled me to come to terms with the shock from my recent lymphoma diagnosis faster," he said. "My mindset and fierce focus has kicked in just like it did when approaching a long innings in a Test match. I will focus on the important things in front of me, and nothing else."

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, but his comeback lasted just three balls, after he pulled a thigh muscle.

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  • michael on October 19, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Manojkris, he wasn't coming up with excuses. He was coming up with valid reasons as to why he has been afflicted with this disease. He may be wrong but at least he is being open minded and not just accepting recieved wisdom on the subject. I suggest you wind your neck in and show the man some respect.

  • Manoj on October 18, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    We pray for your quick recovery, but stop winging about touring. You are not a Doctor. How about players who have played the much longer and toured more than you did, such as Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne. Please do not come up with stupid excuses.

  • Peter on October 18, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    Good luck to Martin Crowe's fight. This guy was an absolute legend, no doubt in my mind, had he been an Aussie, English, or sub continent player, his average would have been easily 10+ or more higher but he had to bat on bowling strips nearly every home series. Cancer is a terrible disease with almost anything able to trigger the start of it. Frequent air travel has been one theory offered due to the pressurized atmosphere, but who really knows.

  • michael on October 18, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Jonesy, cancer is a disease of the immune system. Everybody is born with cancer cells which our immune system kills. When your immune system is compromised it can lose the ability to destroy the cells and you get cancer. Cricinfo please publish!

  • muhammed on October 18, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Very pleased to hear that cancer is treatable. May god bless him and wish him speedy recovery. From Pakistani supporter

  • david on October 18, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    i cannot understand why touring would have aided this illness seems if thats the case many more individuals would have this sort of problem. but what do i know.

  • kaka on October 18, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    all the best mate get well soon. you were a great sight to watch, you were brilliant in that semi final of wc 92 but it was pakistan's cup

  • Shiva on October 18, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Get Well Soon. You have been a great cricketer and pray that you continue to have a great long healthy life.

  • Bryn on October 18, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    hope martin gets well as soon as possible. but surely touring and getting a couple of minor illnesses hasnt had any affect whatsoever? what on earth is he basing that on because that seems just crazy?

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Martin , Get well soon. Wishing you speedy recovery and thanks for the immense joy you have given us during your playing days.You are the one of the finest Batsman i have ever watched and i can bet you can get into any World XI of any era.

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