Former England fast bowler and popular cricketer commentator Robin Jackman has died at the age of 75, the International Cricket Council confirmed on Friday. Jackman’s death comes hours after former England batsman John Edrich died at the age of 83.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) took to Twitter to offer their condolences to Jackman’s family and friends.
“We are saddened to learn about the death of legendary commentator and former England bowler Robin Jackman, who has passed away aged 75. The thoughts of the cricketing world go out to his family and friends during this difficult time,” the ICC tweeted.
Shimla born cricketer played 4 Tests and 15 One Day Internationals for England and then moved to South Africa where he began his second innings as a commentator. Jackman was fondly called ‘Jackers’ as he went on to become one of the most popular commentators in the sport.
The cricket fraternity also paid tribute to Jackman on social media.
Former South Africa batsman AB de Villiers took to social media to condole the death of Jackman. “RIP Jackers #robinjackman,” the batting star wrote.
“Today only gets worse….Robin Jackman passed away our thoughts are with Vonny and the family so sad …….see you at the watering hole in the sky Jackers. RIP X,” Ian Botham said.
“Pained and saddened at the passing of Robin Jackman. A good man and a wonderful commentator. #RIPJackers,” Ramiz Raza tweeted.
Robin Jackman made his ODI debut for England in 1975 but had to wait 6 years to get his Test cap. In 15 One-Day Internationals, Jackman took 19 wickets at an average of 31.47.
Jackman had an amazing first-class record. He picked up more than 1,400 wickets in 399 matches. The right-hander also smashed 5,681 runs with the help of 17 half-centuries.