Tributes pour in for former Kent and England bowler Alan Igglesden who has died aged 57 after brain tumour battle

FORMER England and Kent bowler Alan Igglesden died on Monday, aged 57.

The bowler played three Tests and four ODIs for England between 1989 and 1994 but was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 1999, forcing his retirement.

Alan Igglesden played three Tests and four ODIs for England between 1989 and 1994

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Alan Igglesden played three Tests and four ODIs for England between 1989 and 1994Credit: Getty
Alan Igglesden pictured with his wife Liz and daughter Beth

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Alan Igglesden pictured with his wife Liz and daughter Beth

Igglesden would then go on to suffer a stroke in 2020 and his death was confirmed by the The Professional Cricketers’ Association on Monday.

The PCA said: “The PCA is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Alan Igglesden, who died peacefully at the age of 57 beside wife Liz, father Trevor and brother Kevin on the morning of Monday 1 November, whilst listening to his favourite musician Van Morrison.

“An absolute inspiration to everyone he encountered, ‘Iggy’ was a true cricketing 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 were nothing short of inspirational.

“Beloved by his students throughout his time in teaching, he went on to father one daughter, Beth, now eight years of age, as he built a family of his own alongside Liz.”

Tributes to the former cricketer poured in online, including from players.

Kent star Sam Billings tweeted: “Incredibly sad. An amazing human being who was so brave over the years.

“Will be sorely missed. Hero.”

Crystal Palace posted: “We are sad to learn of the passing of Palace fan Alan Igglesden.

“Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.”

Igglesden played more than 150 first class matches, taking 503 wickets.

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