Former English fast bowler Alan Igglesden has died at the age of 57, two decades after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
Igglesden played three Tests for England, making his debut against Australia in the final match of the 1989 Ashes series at The Oval, claiming Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and Geoff Marsh.
Taken out for the first Test in the 1993 Ashes series, a groin injury forced him to retire, denying him an option for an extended run in the side to cement his place.
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He played the first two matches of England’s series in the West Indies in 1994, but was dropped and never returned.
He enjoyed success for Kent at home, taking 592 wickets in 283 games.
“Kent Cricket is devastated to hear of the passing of former Kent seaman Alan Igglesden at the age of 57,” the club said in a statement.
“He withdrew from the game in 1999 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor while playing minor counties cricket for Berkshire.
“After his diagnosis, he worked tirelessly to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for The Brain Tumor Charity, the largest dedicated fundraiser for brain tumor research globally, and an organization for which he was a patron.
“Thoughts of everyone in the club are with his wife Liz and his friends and family in this desperately sad time.”
Igglesden’s death comes after Australian Test cricketers Ashley Mallett, Alan Davidson and Peter Philpott passed away at the weekend.
The England Professional Cricketers’ Association said Igglesden showed remarkable courage during his match.
“The PCA is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Alan Igglesden, who died peacefully at the age of 57 along with his wife Liz, father Trevor and brother Kevin on the morning of Monday, November 1, while listening to his favorite musician Van Morrison.” said it in a statement.
“Iggy was an absolute inspiration to everyone he met, and ‘Iggy’ was a true cricket giant in Kent, the county where he spent his entire playing career.
He used his story to inspire others throughout this period and raised over £ 300,000 ($ 545,000) for the Brain Tumor Charity, the largest dedicated fundraiser for brain tumor research globally.
“Things took a turn for the worse, however, as the tumor showed signs of growth once again in 2009, and then again in both 2015 and 2016. Iggy’s health problems worsened when he had major strokes in 2018 and 2020, which left him in need of end-of-life care at his home in Keighley.
“Iggy’s strength and courage in the face of adversity were nothing short of inspiring.”
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