South Africa news November 6, 2012

Robin Jackman diagnosed with cancer

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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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  • subbass on November 7, 2012, 21:47 GMT

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

  • lostpain on November 7, 2012, 21:40 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on November 7, 2012, 9:19 GMT

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

  • JG2704 on November 7, 2012, 9:08 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • on November 7, 2012, 5:57 GMT

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

  • JunaidRao on November 7, 2012, 5:17 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • subbass on November 7, 2012, 21:47 GMT

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

  • lostpain on November 7, 2012, 21:40 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on November 7, 2012, 9:19 GMT

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

  • JG2704 on November 7, 2012, 9:08 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • on November 7, 2012, 5:57 GMT

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

  • JunaidRao on November 7, 2012, 5:17 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • TATTUs on November 7, 2012, 4:32 GMT

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

    You will be fine Mr Jackman.

  • 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 !!!!

  • dilr on November 7, 2012, 3:47 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • jonesy2 on November 7, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    best of luck for jackers aswell as crowe and greiggy

  • 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.

  • tearawayquick on November 7, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Sir,

    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.

  • 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 ...

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on November 7, 2012, 0:08 GMT

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

  • Meety on November 6, 2012, 23:40 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on November 6, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    One of the nicest commentators around. Get well soon!

  • 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.

  • luks on November 6, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Great commentator! Get well soon!

  • 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.

  • on November 6, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Get well soon Robin, always enjoyed your commentary.

  • on November 6, 2012, 19:23 GMT

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

  • sirvivfan on November 6, 2012, 19:19 GMT

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

  • on November 6, 2012, 19:12 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on November 6, 2012, 18:47 GMT

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

  • on November 6, 2012, 18:37 GMT

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

  • 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...

  • on November 6, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Get well soon, Robin Jackman!!!!!

  • on November 6, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Get well soon Mr jackman!

  • on November 6, 2012, 17:46 GMT

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

  • mgr125128 on November 6, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    get well soon . u can do it.

  • mikey76 on November 6, 2012, 17:10 GMT

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

  • on November 6, 2012, 16:56 GMT

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

  • EverybodylovesSachin on November 6, 2012, 16:49 GMT

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

  • on November 6, 2012, 16:47 GMT

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

  • on November 6, 2012, 16:45 GMT

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

  • on November 6, 2012, 16:44 GMT

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

  • on November 6, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Wish you all the best from Pakistan Fans

  • PPD123 on November 6, 2012, 16:12 GMT

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

  • ooper_cut on November 6, 2012, 15:45 GMT

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

  • PakFan1209 on November 6, 2012, 15:45 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on November 6, 2012, 14:58 GMT

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

  • on November 6, 2012, 14:57 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Robster1 on November 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT

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

  • nayonika on November 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT

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

  • on November 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT

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

  • 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!)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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!!

  • 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?

  • Colinsa on November 6, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Jackers, you are THE commentator. Get well soon

  • vipulsmistry on November 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT

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

  • 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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  • Haleos on November 6, 2012, 13:51 GMT

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

  • vipulsmistry on November 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT

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

  • Colinsa on November 6, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Jackers, you are THE commentator. Get well soon

  • 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?

  • 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!!

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!)

  • on November 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT

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