Martin Crowe diagnosed with lymphoma AAP Updated October 15, 2012, 7:51 pm Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe has been diagnosed with lymphoma. Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe has been diagnosed with cancer. The cricket great, who retired from first-class cricket in 1996, has lymphoma, a statement from his manager Louise Henderson said on Monday evening. "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," she said. The family have asked for privacy. Crowe, who scored 5444 runs from 77 tests, turned 50 in September. His 17 centuries are still the most by any New Zealander at Test level. Crowe, a cousin of actor Russell Crowe, made a brief comeback in 2011 after tweeting that he wanted to improve his fitness by playing first-class cricket again, saying he was only three first-class matches from 250, and 392 runs short of 20,000 runs. At the age of 49 Crowe played for the Cornwall reserve grade team, captaining them and batting at No.3 against Papatoetoe in a second-division club match in Auckland, but his comeback ended after he pulled a thigh muscle three balls into his first Auckland premier grade match. Lymphoma cancers 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. They can develop at any age but the majority occur in people over the age of 50. Henderson is also manager to Crowe's wife, former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes.