Robin Jackman, Dead at 75.

The England National Cricket Team is mourning the loss of Robin Jackman, who died at the age of seventy-five. There weren’t any complications in his death & the former cricketing legend passed peacefully amongst relatives. It’s saddening news for older supporters of England’s National Cricket Team, with Robin Jackman holding historic prominence for this organization. His tenure with ENCT sustained four tests series & fifteen one-day international events, where dozens of wickets were acquired. Between 1966 & 1982, Robin Jackman held prominence in the England national division of cricket. He would sustain one shy of four hundred matches, with 1400+ wickets acquired over sixteen seasons.

Robin Jackman shocked the British cricketing community after retiring in 1982, with an immediate move to South Africa being sustained with wife Yvonne Jackman. The move was made after commentating positions were offered to Robin in South Africa. It’d prove the right decision, with his namesake becoming famous across the nation & now considered legendary worldwide. Statements regarding his death were issued by Cricket South Africa & the England Wales Cricket Board. Learning of Robin Jackman’s death has saddened the CSA and ECB, knowing that a legendary icon won’t lend his voice to any other matches going forward. Condolences were also issued to family & friends of Robin Jackman, expressing their assistance during these difficult times.

The Life of Robin Jackman

Robin Jackman defeated the odds throughout his life. Considered of Indian heritage, Robin was born in 1945. Namesake awareness of Robin didn’t occur until 29-years afterwards in 1974, with his prominence not coming until six-years later in 1981. When Robin Jackman become popular amongst cricketing fans, he would become a regular in test series for England.
His last official match-up as cricketer was in 1982 against Pakistan, where he acquired fourteen crickets & enabled Britain to win the series. It’s was a prominent way for Jackman to leave his athletic career. Individuals in South Africa will remember Robin for his commentating capabilities, with British supporters remembering for Jackman’s iconic skillsets on the field.

British Players Unavailable for Sri Lanka Tour

Seasonal events regarding England’s national cricket team have been announced & postponed throughout 2020, with venues sustaining minimal infections continuing onwards. Other test series, like the South African ODI, was terminated because of unexpected outbreaks. Similar infection levels are hoped to be avoided when England heads to Sri Lanka for two consecutive tours. Players concerns for personal & family safety have announced they’ll not participate in the Sri Lankan tours, with individuals like Ben Stokes confirming he won’t compete until the India ODI Competition. Jofra Archer also confirmed he’ll compete in India’s upcoming tournament, meaning he’ll avoid the Sri Lankan tour.

The last two competitions involving the England national cricket team haven’t seen Ben Stokes in contention. The reason being his father’s death, prompting his immediate attention towards family proceedings. That hasn’t been the case with Jofra Archer, who has sustained all ECB Covid-Bubbles to guarantee his contention since March 2020. Christmas festivities are forcing prolonged isolation for Jofra Archer, meaning he’ll be unavailable for the Sri Lankan tour.

Jofra Archer confirmed that he’s isolating himself from family & friends for the first tour in India since Covid-19. Other notable members in England’s national cricket team won’t be attending. Announcements were issued that Rory Burn & Ollie Pope being unavailable for competition. For Burns, it’s because of his newfound fatherhood that arrives in January 2020. Ollie Pope isn’t permitted by medical personnel to compete because of residing injuries in his right shoulder. Pope won’t resume his contractual obligations until the India ODI Tour, which arrives on January 22nd in the new year. England coaching personnel have planned for Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Jofra Archer, and Ben Stokes to return to competition by January 22nd.

The Replacement Squad

Coaching personnel have had to elect reserve cricketers to account for player losses with Burns, Pope, Archer, and Stokes. The below players have contributed to the success of England’s national cricket team over the last five years. Below are the guaranteed personnel competing at the Sri Lankan Tour on January 13th, 2021.

  • Moeen Ali.
  • Ben Foakes.
  • Ed Smith.
  • John Bairstow.
  • Stuart Broad.
  • Jimmy Anderson.

South Africa ODI Cancelled

The international cricketing community found themselves disappointed by the announcement of England & South Africa’s ODI Series being terminated. Cancellation was implemented after continued infections were confirmed amongst team personnel & players, forcing an unexpected outbreak it what was supposed to be a Bio-Secure Hotel. Both teams were staying inside this facility.

Details regarding which players & team personnel with South Africa to England haven’t been revealed, with both organizations evoking family privacy. Notice was also given that employed personnel with the Bio-Secure Hotel in Cape Town have contracted Covid-19, prompting all staff to immediately leave the facility. Disinfection methods have been initiated, with England players expected to return home before December 24th.

Determining if cancellation was required took two days of negotiating between the ECB & CSA. Cricket South Africa was determined to continue onwards with the ODI Series, while the English & Wales Cricket Board wanted team personnel home immediately. Statements issued by both governing associations emphasised that the mental & physical health of footballers is more valuable than monetary gains associated to continuing the ODI series. Announcements were issued about rescheduling, with the CSA & ECB mentioning that suitable timeframes for when England can return to South Africa will be discussed in January 2021.

Initial Cancellations

The opening match wasn’t sustained, with organizers having to cancel the Cape Town game at Newlands Field. Postponements continued onwards into the following Sunday & Monday, learning multiple cricketers with South Africa had unintentionally infected England’s players. No party is blaming the other, as the nation of South Africa has sustained drastic infection volumes for coronavirus. Outbreaks were theorized by medical personnel long before England traveled to South Africa. It’s known that two players with England had contracted coronavirus, with multiple team personnel receiving confirmed infections. South Africa has three players contracted with Covid-19, and a similar volume of team personnel infected with the virus. All individuals infected are expected to make a full recovery.

ODI International Series Greenlight for England

Sporting events worldwide continue battling against the Covid-19 Pandemic, with confirmed infections prompting immediate cancellations. International cricket has combatted the coronavirus beyond expectations, with the prolong streak coming into question for December. Medical personnel testing for Covid-19 located positive infections on December 4th, forcing the series-opening round into cancellation. Details on the rescheduling of these matches came after medical personnel determined negative results for South Africa & England. This has enabled the England & South Africa ODI Series to be rescheduled for December 6th in Paarl. Cape Town will host the remaining matches on December 7th and 9th.

Updates regarding the medical conditions of South Africa’s cricketers was provided, noting that Proteas Squad Members have returned negative results & are ready for competition against England. Emphasis was issued that testing will continue daily until the conclusion of the South Africa & England ODI Series.

Possible outbreaks of coronavirus haven’t stricken England’s National Cricket Team, with cricketers respecting Covid-19 measures for physical distancing. It’s allowed for most athletic personalities employed with England to avoid infection. Concerns rose tenfold when learning that South Africa players were positive with Covid-19, which follows after national outbreaks of Covid-19. Healthcare concerns amongst English cricketers have grown since arriving in South Africa, with players suggesting that ECB Governors are testing protocol limits to extreme levels. Infection amongst England’s cricketers is possible in South Africa.

Don’t Break the Rules.

South Africa’s National Cricket Team has refused to identify the individuals that tested positive for coronavirus publicly. Internal sources indicate those players have severe symptoms & aren’t expected to appear in South Africa’s T20 Series for 2021. The reasoning for not identifying these individuals is because protocols would have been broken.

CSA Legislation around Covid-19 created conditions that allow players to quarantine & remain entertained. Whichever players contracted coronavirus likely attended outdoor events after losing to England last week by 3-0, continued infections from South Africa will mark the immediate departure of England’s National Cricket Team & cancellation of remaining matches.