South Africa news November 6, 2012

Robin Jackman diagnosed with cancer

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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

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

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

  • hibbatur 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.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2012, 9:19 GMT

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

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

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

  • Peter 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!

  • Sifiso 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.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2012, 5:57 GMT

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

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

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

  • Dummy4 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.

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