Former England fast bowler and popular cricket commentator Robin Jackman died at the age of 75, the ICC said on Friday. Jackman played 4 Tests and 15 ODIs for England.

Robin Jackman, former cricketer and popular commentator, dies at 75. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Former England fast bowler Robin Jackaman has died aged 75
  • Jackman went on to become one of the most popular commentators after his cricket career
  • Jackman played 4 Tests and 15 ODis for England and picked up 1402 first-class wickets

Former England fast bowler and popular cricketer commentator Robin Jackman has died at the age of 75, the International Cricket Council confirmed on Friday. Jackman’s death comes hours after former England batsman John Edrich died at the age of 83.

Robin Jackman, who was born in Shimla, played 4 Tests and 15 ODis for England before moving to South Africa where he began his second innings as commentator. Jackman was fondly called ‘Jackers’ as he went on to become one of the most popular commentators in the sport.

Former South Africa batsman AB de Villiers took to social media to condole the death of Jackman. “RIP Jackers #robinjackman,” the batting star wrote. In 2012, Jackman was diagnosed with cancer having already had surgeries to remove malignant tumours from his vocal cords.

The ICC said: “We are saddened to learn about the death of legendary commentator and former England bowler Robin Jackman, who has passed away aged 75.”

Robin Jackman made his ODI debut for England in 1975 but had to wait 6 years to get his Test cap. Jackman 14 Test wickets and 19 ODI wickets. He had a prolific domestic career, picking up 1402 wickets in 399 matches.

Jackman also played for Western Province in South Africa and he married a South African. His links with the country in the apartheid era led to a canceled test match between England and West Indies in Guyana, however, as the squad stood by him and refused to play when the government ordered his deportation.





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