Cricket South Africa (CSA) has joined the cricketing world in mourning the loss of Robin Jackman, confirming the Proteas will wear black armbands in a tribute on Day 2 of their Test against Sri Lanka in Centurion.
Born in Shimla, India on August 13, 1945, his family returned to Surrey, England in 1946.
ROBIN JACKMAN PLAYED 4 TESTS AND 15 ODIS FOR ENGLAND
Jackman, schooled in Canterbury, went on to play in four Tests and 15 one-day internationals for England, while he took 1 402 wickets in a 399-game first-class career between 1966 and 1982.
He eventually settled in South Africa with his wife, Yvonne, a nurse from Grahamstown.
In South Africa, ‘Jackers’ as he was affectionately known, was a household voice for all who loved and followed cricket.
Always passionate and knowledgeable, he was also known for his big-hearted enjoyment of life.
In 2012 he was diagnosed with cancer of the vocal chords. He continued commentating for a while and was also actively involved in fundraising for the Mercy Ships and Grace Vision.
JACKMAN’S PASSED LEAVES A VOID IN SA CRICKETING LIFE
His passing leaves a void in the cricketing world but particularly in South African cricketing life.
In a CSA statement on Saturday, the organisation “mourned the loss of a fine man, a lover of life, a cricket aficionado and a commentator who became part of the fabric of South African cricket in so many ways.”
Day 2 of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday will start at 10:00.