Former England cricketer-turned-commentator, Robin Jackman has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo seven weeks of radiotherapy following two operations to remove malignant tumours from his vocal cords.
The 67-year-old hopes to be back in the commentary box early next year. “It’s not the prettiest, but I got it early and I’m confident I’ll be fine,” Jackman was quoted as saying in the South African media. “I won’t be in Australia, but I sure will be rooting for the Proteas,” he added.
Jackman’s 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.
Jackman represented England in four Tests and 15 ODIs and played with Surrey for 16 seasons beginning in 1966. The all-rounder claimed more than 1400 first-class wickets and amassed 5681 runs.
Jackman was born in India but was brought up in England. However, he maintained close ties with South Africa, coaching and turning out for Rhodesia and Western Province over 11 years.