Renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck commits suicide:Peter Roebuck one of the most respected cricket commentators, who also wrote for newspapers in India. committed suicide in his hotel where he was covering the Australia Test series to South Africa. According to a statement issued by the South African police. the 55-year-old British-born Roebuck captain of Somerset in 1980 took his own life.
“This office can confirm that an incident occurred last night around 21:15 at a hotel in Claremont where a 55-year-old British national who worked as a commentator in Australia committed suicide,” said statement. “The circumstances surrounding this incident is underway. A research agenda, has opened an investigation” he said.
Roebuck was covering the Australia-South Africa series as a radio commentator for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It is also used to write for Fairfax newspapers in Australia. Despite the circumstances that led to his suicide were not clear it is reported that he was spoken to local police on his return to Southern Sun Newlands Hotel on Saturday night after being out for dinner. The hotel meanwhile also issued a statement saying “An incident in Newlands Southern Sun was under full police investigation.”
Roebuck was born to two school teachers in Oxford on March 6, 1956, and was one of her six children. He studied law at Cambridge and played 335 first class matches before deciding to make his writing career in cricket. In 335 first class matches, Roebuck, a Wisden cricketer of the year in 1988, he made 17,558 runs at 37.27 with 33 centuries. He also led a team to defeat England against Holland.
Roebuck withdrew from the high level of cricket in 1991. As soon as the news of his death came, tributes began to pour in. “Peter was a wonderful writer who was the bard of summer for fans of Australian cricket. He was also an extraordinary guy will be greatly missed,” the Herald’s sports editor, Ian Fuge said. Norenbergs Craig, director of the ABC Grandstand sports program, he added, “very sad news. He was an integral part of the Grandstand commentary team and apart from being a superb print journalist.
“We could describe a game of cricket so that even if you did not like the game, I liked the way they went about their business.” Roebuck fellow commentator on ABC Radio, Kerry O’Keeffe described it as “a bookworm who loved the game.”
“Nobody looked at the game better than anyone to get to the point more succinctly, and no one saw that the game was better,” said O’Keeffe to asportsnews .”Cricket consumed him and touched him with great distinction, and then turned to writing and commentary, and he was the No. 1 seed. South African Police Service has issued a statement confirming that took his life Roebuck.
“This office can confirm that an incident occurred around 21.15 last night at a hotel in Claremont, where a 55-year-old British national who worked as a commentator committed suicide in Australia,” the statement said. “The circumstances surrounding this incident is underway. A research agenda, has opened an investigation.”
Roebuck was in South Africa covering test drive underway in Australia, including as a commentator on ABC radio. It was spoken with local police on his return to Southern Sun Newlands Hotel Saturday night after being out for dinner. A statement issued by the hotel said “an incident that occurred at the Southern Sun Newlands” was subject to full police investigation. No details were given.
Besides his work in radio and print, Roebuck was also widely read by columnist, contributing their views in writing and audio. His last column had expressed cautious optimism about the progress of the Australian team. Sambit Bal, director of said Roebuck had always pushed the importance of avoiding nationalism in the way the game should be seen.