Scotland’s Con de Lange diagnosed with brain tumour, family announces fundraising drive
Con de Lange has played 13 ODIs and eight T20Is for Scotland. @Getty

Scotland cricketer Con de Lange is suffering from a brain tumour, his family has revealed, and together with Cricket Scotland a fundraising drive for charity has been initiated.

The 37-year-old was diagnosed with the tumour at the start of the year, having been absent from Scotland’s limited-overs squads since late 2017, and decided to make his condition public after the recent death of a friend.

“Con and I are usually very private people, but sometimes you need to reach out to your friends,” de Lange’s wife Claire said in a statement. “Ten months ago our lives were turned upside down when Con was diagnosed, completely out of the blue, with a brain tumour.

“This year has been tough, to say the least, with an operation, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, a clinical trial, and a few hospital admissions along the way. With the recent loss of a good friend we had made along the way, we have been inspired to raise money for this charity that needs your help. Every year, 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Nobody is immune. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. And only 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.”

Cricket Scotland chief executive Malcolm Cannon said that the board supports de Lange and his family and that it has respected wishes for confidentiality.

“Con has been a superb servant to the game of cricket in Scotland and is a very popular member of the squad,” said Cannon. “We are now delighted to help the cause by spreading the word throughout the broader cricketing family both at home and overseas and we know there will be an overwhelming level of support from this close-knit community.”

De Lange, a left-arm spinner, has played 13 ODIs and eight T20Is for Scotland from which he has claimed 24 wickets. His best ODI figures of 5/60 came in June 2017 against Zimbabwe in match which Scotland won.

Born in South Africa, de Lange has played several franchises in his county of origin as well as Northamptonshire in county cricket. He qualified as a UK resident in 2011 based on the time spend living in Scotland.