Proteas to wear black armbands in memory of Robin Jackman

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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.

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Robin Jackman, a county and England Test cricketer who was especially well known in South Africa for his cricket commentary, died on Christmas day aged 75.

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.  

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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.”  

RIP, Jackers. 

Day 2 of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday will start at 10:00.

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