Cricket Scotland has announced a fundraising appeal for 37-year-old Con de Lange spun his arm after his family revealed over the weekend that De Lange suffers a brain tumor.
De Lange had disappeared from the Scottish squads since the end of 2017, and team officials chose to refrain from commenting when asked about his prolonged absence. The only communication about his state of health came in the announcement of the Scottish squad for the World Cup qualification in Zimbabwe last March, when a press release said that De Lange "was not available for selection consideration due to a health problem in progress. "
A press release issued Monday by Cricket Scotland stated that Lange was diagnosed with a brain tumor about 10 months ago. Since then, De Lange has received various forms of medical treatment, including an operation, radiation and chemotherapy, in an effort to combat the disease.
"Cricket Scotland continues to support Con and his family and we respect his wishes for confidentiality throughout this difficult period," said Cricket Scotland Executive Director Malcolm Cannon in the press release. "With been an excellent server of the game of cricket in Scotland and is a very popular member of the squad.We are now happy to help the cause by spreading the information throughout the cricket family, both at home and abroad, and we know there will be an overwhelming level of support from this united community. "
De Lange played for the last time for Scotland on November 25 in the second ODI against Papua New Guinea in Dubai, at which time he served as vice-captain of Scotland. He was named in the Scotland team against Ireland for the final round of the Intercontinental Cup, which started in the UAE a few days after the ODI against PNG, as well as the Scottish team against Kenya for the final round of the WCL Championship in Dubai in the first week of December.
But according to several sources, De Lange stayed out of those games against Ireland and Kenya in Dubai while suffering from severe migraine headaches. The tests after his return to his home in Scotland revealed a much more serious diagnosis.
The native of South Africa has been a key member of the Scottish teams since he made his debut at his adoptive home in June 2015, establishing a reputation as a practical center. and a low-order hitter and an exceptional outfielder in addition to his constant bowling. His best performance was a crucial 5-for-60 against Zimbabwe in the summer of 2017 to help secure a famous victory, Scotland's first in ODI against a member nation. Before playing for Scotland, he played 31 first-class matches for Cape Cobras in South Africa and then briefly with Northamptonshire on the county cricket circuit in England.
Cricket Scotland and the Lange family are requesting donations for The Brain Tumor Charity to help him and others fight this disease.