Bangalore, Oct 15: Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has been diagnosed with lymphoma, New Zealand media reported on Monday.
Crowe's manager Louise Henderson was quoted as saying that the former cricketer was diagnosed with cancer this week.
"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," Henderson was quoted as saying.
The Lymphoma Network of New Zealand, on their website, explaining what lymphoma is, wrote: "Lymphomas are cancers that affect the lymphatic system and arise when developing lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) undergo a malignant change and multiply in an uncontrolled way. Increasing numbers of abnormal lymphocytes, called lymphoma cells, accumulate and form collections of cancer cells (tumours) in lymph nodes (glands) and other parts of the body. Over time, lymphoma cells replace normal lymphocytes, weakening the immune system's ability to fight infection."
The 50-year-old Crowe had take up TV commentary after he retired from the game. He turned 50 last month (September 22).
The right-handed Crowe played 77 Tests and 143 One Day Internationals for New Zealand.