I am alive and kicking: Ex-New Zealand cricketer quashes rumours of his death

first_imgNathan McCullum dismissed reports of his own death with a tweet on Saturday. Rumours were doing the rounds on social media suggesting that Nathan McCullum had died due to complications in hospital.”Nathan Leslie McCullum (born September 1, 1980) is a former New Zealand international cricketer, who represented New Zealand in Twenty20 international and One Day internationals,” a statement from the NZ Cricket FanHub wrote.”This evening, his wife Vannessa announced that he had passed away. RIP NATHAN,” the tweet added.Nathan McCullum responded to the false news with a selfie posted from his Twitter account.”I am alive and kicking more than ever before,” he tweeted.”Not sure where this news has come from but this is fake. Love you all.”I am alive and kicking more than ever before. Not sure where this news has come from but this is fake. Love you all. pic.twitter.com/WZ1nuX4LUoNathan McCullum (@MccullumNathan) December 1, 2018His younger brother, Brendon McCullum, said that his “heart broke” when he heard the news, but corrected that was not the case.”Tonight someone decided, via social media to release that my brother passed away! Im on a flight back to NZ and my heart broke! None of it is true! Whoever put this out there, I’ll find you! Somewhere, somehow,” Brendon tweeted.Tonight someone decided, via social media to release that my brother passed away! Im on a flight back to NZ and my heart broke! None of it is true! Whoever put this out there, I’ll find you! Somewhere, somehow.advertisementBrendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) December 1, 2018Heath Mills, the New Zealand Players Association chief executive, told media that he had been contacted from cricketers in India who had heard the false reports. He said that he even called Nathan McCullum himself to make sure.”I have to say, my heart was racing before he picked up,” Mills said.He said McCullum had spent the day at a bowls event in Auckland and was “very much alive”.Nathan McCullum has represented New Zealand in 84 ODIs and 63 T20Is, scoring 1070 and 299 runs respectively. He has also picked up 63 and 53 ODI and T20I wickets respectively.Nathan McCullum has played for Pune Warriors India (in 2011, 2 matches) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (in 2016, didn’t play a single match) in the Indian Premier League.last_img read more