FORMER New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe has been diagnosed with cancer.
Crowe, one of the country’s greatest ever batsman, announced he had lymphoma.
A statement issued by Crowe’s manager Louise Henderson said:
“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”.
Tributes have been flowing thick and fast for the 50-year-old, who last year attempted a comeback to club cricket.
The Guardian’s Andy Wilson said:
“”New Zealand must be in a state of shock”, and it wasn’t “only that he was one of the country’s finest batsmen”.
Former model Rachel Hunter expressed similar sentiments.
“Thoughts and prayers to Martin Crowe and his Family!”
Crowe averaged 45.36 in 77 tests stretching from 1982 to 1995, with his 17 centuries the highest by a Black Caps batsman.
One of his finest moments was leading New Zealand to the semifinals of the 1992 World Cup, and he also had a distinguished career in English country cricket.
He retired aged just 33 due to a chronic knee injury and went on work for Sky TV.
He also invented Cricket Max, an early adaption of the Twenty20 game.