The world was shaken by Alan Igglesden’s death at the age of 57

Alan Igglesden, pictured here in action for Kent in County cricket.

Alan Igglesden in action for Kent in County cricket. Image: Getty

The cricket world is mourning the tragedy death of former English test bowler Alan Igglesden at the age of 57.

The Professional Cricketers’ Association announced the devastating news on Monday, triggering a flood of grief from around the world.

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The fast bowler played three Tests for England between 1989 and 1994.

He captured the valued scalps of Mark Taylors, Steve Waughs and Geoff Marsh in his debut against Australia in the final match of the 1989 Ashes series at The Oval.

He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 1999 and was forced to retire and have a stroke in 2020.

“The PCA is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Alan Igglesden, who died peacefully at the age of 57 with his wife Liz, father Trevor and brother Kevin on the morning of Monday, November 1, while listening to his favorite musician, Van Morrison.” read 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.

“Throughout his journey, Iggy’s strength and courage in the face of adversity was nothing short of inspiring.

“Loved by his students throughout his time in teaching, he passed on to a daughter, Beth, now eight years old, as he built his own family with Liz.”

Alan Igglesden, pictured here before his test debut.

England captain Graham Gooch (center front) with Martin McCague, Martin Bicknell and Alan Igglesden (back row from left), and Nasser Hussain, Graham Thorpe, Mark Lathwell and Mark Illot (front row from left). (Photo by David Jones – PA Images / PA Images via Getty Images)

The cricket world is devastated by the death of Alan Igglesden

Igglesden enjoyed a productive career with Kent in County cricket, taking 592 wickets in 283 games.

“Kent Cricket is devastated to hear of the passing of former Kent sailor Alan Igglesden at the age of 57,” the club said.

“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.”

The devastating news comes at a difficult time for the cricket community, with Australian Test greats Ashley Mallett, Alan Davidson and Peter Philpott died over three days last weekend.

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