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Former England cricketer and renowned commentator Robin Jackman passes away at 75
Robin Jackman (1945-2020)

Former England cricketer and renowned commentator Robin Jackman passes away at 75

Former England pace bowler and popular cricket commentator Robin Jackman has died at the age of 75, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Friday.

"We are saddened to learn about the death of legendary commentator and former England bowler Robin Jackman, who has passed away aged 75," the ICC wrote on its official Twitter handle.

"The thoughts of the cricketing world go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Jackman reportedly passed away at his home in South Africa, where he had settled following his retirement from international cricket.

He played for Surrey for a remarkable 16 seasons from 1966-1982 and bagged in excess of 1400 first-class wickets during his illustrious career.

He went on to represent England in 4 Test matches and 15 ODIs, picking up a total of 33 wickets across both formats.

Born in India, Jackman also had close ties with South Africa as he played for Western Province and married a citizen of the country.

His links with South Africa during the Apartheid regime led to him being embroiled in an unwanted controversy when England toured West Indies in 1980-81.

Jackman's selection in the squad resulted in the Guyanese government refusing to issue him a visa but the England management stood by his presence in the team. The scheduled Test match had to eventually be cancelled when the government ordered Jackman's deportation.

Post-retirement, Jackman established himself as a familiar voice on South African broadcaster Supersport. His sharp observations and expressive style of commentary made him a fan favourite as he is credited to have lent his voice to many of South Africa cricket's famous moments.

Jackman later co-authored his autobiography titled Jackers: A Life in Cricket, which was published in 2012.

The same year, he was diagnosed with throat cancer, having already undergone two surgeries to remove malignant tumours from his vocal cords.

Jackman's death was followed by a plethora of tributes from the cricketing world and in particular the South African sports community.

The news of his passing away comes hours after former England and Surrey batsman John Edrich died at the age of 83.