The England players were spotted with Black Armbands during their game versus South Africa on Saturday in Sharjah. It was decided that the players will wear the Black Armbands in order to pay tribute to late Alan Igglesden, the former England and Kent pacer who died on Monday.
Igglesden died at the age of 57 after being diagnosed with an “inoperable brain tumour” more than two decades ago. An “inspirational figure”, as the ECB said, Igglesden featured in three Tests and four ODIs for England between 1989 and 1994, taking eight wickets in total.
He retired in 1999, aged 34, when scans revealed a brain tumour after he had suffered an epileptic fit while playing county cricket.
Igglesden raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the Brain Tumour Charity, the largest dedicated fundraiser of research into brain tumours globally.
Everyone at the ECB was saddened to learn of the death of former England and Kent seamer Alan Igglesden, at the age of 57 on Monday.
Our England Men's team will wear black armbands in honour of 'Iggy' in their match against South Africa on Saturday.
— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) November 2, 2021
England pick two wickets as South Africa aim for a massive total
Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first. Moeen Ali struck once again with the new ball in the tournament as he castled Reeza Hendricks in the third over. After that Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen forged a partnership.
Van der Dussen attacked Chris Woakes for a four and a six as South Africa reached 40/1 at the end of the powerplay. One boundary each came in the next five overs, taking the scoreboard to 85/1 at the 11-over mark but de Kock holed out to long-on while looking to go big against Adil Rashid.
South Africa need to win by a big margin to pip Australia for the net run rate after Aaron Finch’s side registered a thumping 8-wicket win over West Indies earlier in the day.