Former New Zealand and Somerset batsman Martin Crowe has been diagnosed with cancer, according to reports.
The former Black Caps skipper’s manager, Louise Henderson, said in a statement reported by www.stuff.co.nz that the 50-year-old has lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, and was trying to come to terms with the news.
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.”
Crowe made 77 Test appearances for New Zealand over 14 years, scoring a national record 17 centuries, before having to retire at the age of 33 with a knee injury.
Crowe was named as one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 1985, and his 299 against Sri Lanka in 1991 remains the highest Test score by a New Zealand player. He scored 5,444 Test runs and almost 20,000 in first-class cricket.
During his four seasons at Somerset, played in 48 first class matches in which he scored 3984 runs at an average of 59.46, including 14 centuries.
Somerset said on their website last night: “The thoughts of everyone at Somerset CCC are with Martin Crowe and his family at this difficult time.”