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Robin Jackman diagnosed with cancer

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 6, 2012

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Robin Jackman signs copies of his autobiography, London, July 1, 2012
Robin Jackman: "It's not the prettiest, but I got it early and I'm confident I'll be fine" © Associated Press
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Robin Jackman, the former England bowler and cricket commentator, has been diagnosed with cancer and faces seven weeks of radiotherapy. Jackman has already had two operations to remove malignant tumours from his vocal cords, South African broadcaster Supersport reported.

"It's not the prettiest, but I got it early and I'm confident I'll be fine," Jackman, 67, is reported to as saying. "I won't be in Australia, but I sure will be rooting for the Proteas." He has been advised four weeks' rest after the treatment and hopes to return to commentary early next year.

Jackman played four Tests and 15 ODIs for England, and was involved with Surrey for 16 seasons starting from 1966. Over the course of his lengthy domestic career, Jackman took more than 1400 first-class wickets and scored 5681 runs. He was born in India, grew up in England, but maintained close ties with South Africa, coaching and representing Rhodesia and Western Province over 11 seasons.

Perhaps the most famous incident of his international career was the cancelling of the Guyana Test in 1980-81, after the Guyana government denied him a visa citing his involvement with the then apartheid South Africa, and the English management chose to not yield to political pressure.

After retirement, Jackman took up media work, and has been a regular television commentator for international matches. His diagnosis comes less than a month after another former England cricketer and commentator, Tony Greig, revealed he was being treated for cancer. Last month, former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe was also diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer.

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Posted by subbass on (November 7, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

Best wishes Jackers. I look forward to hearing your excellent commentary again soon !

Posted by lostpain on (November 7, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

Get well soon! Fight the cancer and enjoy your life!

Posted by keptalittlelow on (November 7, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

We all love you, our prayers are for you Robin, May God bless you with an early and full recovery.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Get well soon great commentator. May he be 100% cured and fit as ever before.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 7, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Good luck RJ ..........................

Posted by Petesta on (November 7, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

@AF2199, you're being silly. Cricketers tend to get cancer, because humans tend to get cancer rather frequently these days. And, having watched a fair amount of cricket in my life I'm pretty sure most cricketers are humans. Sure there's the odd alien -- paul (adams and harris), sree, zaltzman, kallis (he's obviously superhuman) -- but mostly humans.

I've just read Robin's autobiography. Most enjoyable... all the best Robin and family!

Posted by TsoroM on (November 7, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Very few people are as a passionate about SA cricket and as entertaining in the commentary box... Get well soon Jackers and hoping to have back in the box the soonest.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Thinking of you Jackers. Get well soon. The YC's need another challenge at Westlake

Posted by JunaidRao on (November 7, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Get Well Soon Sir.....!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

Those days were fast bowling dynamite. small figure moving like a bullet from 40 yard distance. We all love you jacky come sooner behind the mike. Take care.

Posted by TATTUs on (November 7, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

" goodness me.." - Sachin drove Wasim Akram through the covers on the up on the backfoot centurian 2003!

You will be fine Mr Jackman.

Posted by anver777 on (November 7, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Always smiling & Jovial Jackman is very likable person when he's in the Com Box.... Get well soon Jack, we love to see u back !!!!

Posted by dilr on (November 7, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

Tony Greig,Robin Jackman,We Love you as Srilankan,prays from srilanka,Get Well Soon Sir

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

Really sad, it is shocking that 3 ex players were diagnosed with this disease in the last couple of months. Wish them all a speedy recovery!

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

He is a class apart. I hope he gets well soon. It really is a sad news. Prayers from India

Posted by subbass on (November 7, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

Best wishes 'Jackers' I'm sure with your fighting spirit you will come out on top and give this terrible illness a bloody nose so to speak.

Looking forward to hearing you on the mic again real soon.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 7, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

best of luck for jackers aswell as crowe and greiggy

Posted by solankibhavesh on (November 7, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

He is a good person and great commentator i wish he will be fine after radiotherapy and come back in international cricket next year so best of luck and get well soon Robin.

Posted by tearawayquick on (November 7, 2012, 0:31 GMT)


This is only a minor hiccup. I am sure you will come out fighting..looking forward to hearing your commentary during Indias tour of SA in 2013.

Posted by vrn59 on (November 7, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

Get well soon, Robin Jackman! A lovely commentator and a lovely person! Will miss seeing him in South African series and the IPL ...

Posted by BeCalmAndSupportEngland on (November 7, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

get well soon Robin, prays from srilanka and srilankan fans always with u.

Posted by Meety on (November 6, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

Good luck old chap!!!!!!!!

Posted by AF2199 on (November 6, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

He is a great person and I hope he will get well soon. On the other hand its really alarming for me to hear that a lot of cricketers are diagnosed with cancer, even if it is just a coincidence its strange and something should be done (a research study or something like that) about it.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

One of the nicest commentators around. Get well soon!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 6, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

A lovely person and commentator. Get well soon Jackers !!! Commentary is NOT the same without legends like Tony Greig, Robin Jackman etc.

Posted by luks on (November 6, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

Great commentator! Get well soon!

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

I saw Jackman's test debut in 1981 at test debut against the West Indies at Kensington Oval in 1981, he took a wicket with the fifth ball of his first over.In latter years, I admire his style as a television pundit, I wish him well.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Get well soon Robin, always enjoyed your commentary.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

Get well Robin. we all think of you and we will hear you soon behind the microphone

Posted by sirvivfan on (November 6, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Good luck jacko! May god be with you. Riaz palkistan

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

Get well soon Jack, Cancer is curable. God Bless You.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

Sir, hope you recover soon, have been a fan of your commentary since 96 when you were a part of the commentary team with Trevor Quirk, that covered the Titan Cup. Looking forward to listening to you again on South Africa's next tour to India.

Posted by kitten on (November 6, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

Good wishes from Toronto, for a very speedy recovery. I really enjoy listening to your commentary. Hope to hear your voice soon. Go Robin Go.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Get well very soon Jackers. The commentary won't be the same without you.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

One of the Great Com Ever!! Really a Great Asset for Cricket.. Get Well Soon Sir...

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 6, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

so sorry to hear that Jackers, good luck in your fight and our prayers are with you to win this battle...

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

Get well soon, Robin Jackman!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Get well soon Mr jackman!

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

All the best Jackers. Get well soon! You ARE the voice of summer here South Africa.

Posted by mgr125128 on (November 6, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

get well soon . u can do it.

Posted by mikey76 on (November 6, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

And they say we're winning the war on cancer. Poor guy.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Everything will be fine. Be strong......God will help you

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (November 6, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

I love your voice..Get well soon. Best of Luck

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Get well soon Robie...for me u are the most enthralling commentator..

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Whats up with the cancer and cricketers these days, please get well soon Sir

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

best wishes from a cricket lover Robin...we still gotta hear a lot from you :)

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Wish you all the best from Pakistan Fans

Posted by PPD123 on (November 6, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Wish you luck Robin. Hope you get well soon. Good luck and God speed!

Posted by ooper_cut on (November 6, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

Another one. We all loved your style of commentary Jack, we will pray for you.

Posted by PakFan1209 on (November 6, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

What!!!!!!!!!!!! first tony and now jackman

Posted by Collitjies on (November 6, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

I wondered what happened to the GREAT Jackers. Robin we all wish you a speedy recovery and will look forward to your return in the new year.

Posted by Breedster on (November 6, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

By far my favourite commentator of all time!! His stories are the absolute best and he brings a level-headedness to the commentary box that few others can. All the best Jackers! Hopefully I will still get the chance to share a beer with you in the stands at Centurion or Wanderers.

Posted by RDLikesCricket on (November 6, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Oops!! What is with Cancer and the Cricketers... Wishing Robin a speedy recovery.. Also hoping that Tony and Crowe fight back Cancer....

Posted by cricwick on (November 6, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

It's sad to see so many cricketers with cancer in just a few months time.Hope he will recover soon.

Posted by Arrow011 on (November 6, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

GET well soon Robin, also stop eating Non veg to live healthy, same goes for the other 2 men also.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

a legendry commentator ,Get well son jackie ,hopefully you are back for the next IPL

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

get well soon sir, we can only pray for ur batter health,, tanveer satti from dubai

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 6, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Jackers has been underestimated in everything he does. Just look at his numbers, 1400+ wickets, he really was a magnificent seam bowler, yet he's "remembered" for the Guyana incident! And then, there's the post-playing career as a commentator: when ppl list their fav commentators why don't more ppl pick Jackers? He's superb, an excellent voice, no bias, enthusiastic but not attention-seeking, extremely well-informed on players from all around the world, I love listening to him.

Great to read of Jackers' confidence that this nasty illness has been caught early. On behalf of all cricket lovers, Robin, we wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to listening to you very, very soon.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

My daughter and i had the opportunity to meet him at the chennai airport last year. We did have a chat with him and Dr Michael Heysman. Hope he recovers soon

Posted by Robster1 on (November 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

An excellent, insightful but humourous commentator. Thoughts are with you Robin.

Posted by nayonika on (November 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Get well prayers are for you to get back to the commentary box.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Hope he'll recover soon recover soon....

Posted by Nutcutlet on (November 6, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

If Jackers takes on his cancer with the same gusto he bowled & appealed, then the C may as well give up now! All the best, RDJ! I still have a handwritten letter from you after the WIndies tour (that one!)

Posted by Brenton1 on (November 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

All the best to you Robin and may you make a speedy and complete recovery. Im really looking forward to hearing you commentate again. Especially those discussions in the supersport studio.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

The whole cricket world wishes him well...a marvellous, whole-hearted bowler and one of THE TOP commentators on TV - informative, incisive, interesting, one of my very favourite analysts and commetators. Best wishes, come back soon to the comm box

Posted by wolf777 on (November 6, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

Good luck, Robin. You are a pleasure to listen to...see you back in the Commentary Box soon...

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

What is happening to all these cricketers?Now it is Robin Jackman,one of my favourite commentators.Get well soon,Mr Jackman!!

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Speedy recovery. The commentators' box will be bare without Grieg and your self. Who will keep Bill Lawry in check?

Posted by Colinsa on (November 6, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

Jackers, you are THE commentator. Get well soon

Posted by vipulsmistry on (November 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Have been a big fan of his commentary, wish him speedy recovery......

Posted by Haleos on (November 6, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Good luck Robin. Whats with cancer and cricket nowdays? Glad Robin found it early.

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