SJFI mourns death of noted cricket writer Roebuck

Kolkata: The Sports Journalists` Federation of India (SJFI) on Sunday mourned the sudden demise of former player and noted cricket writer Peter Roebuck.

The widely respected cricket writer with a large following in India, committed suicide in Cape Town, South Africa by reportedly jumping from the sixth floor of a hotel in mysterious circumstances.

"Roebuck made one fall in love with cricket with his style of writing. He wrote about the game generously, critically and fearlessly," SJFI president, S Sabanayakan, said in a condolence message.

"He had the habit of moving around in the press box, listening with intent to the journalists of all ages, speaking intensely in his soft voice, which was sharp and quick."

"He spoke generously to young reporters and writers and stressed on writing in one`s own voice. He would stress on writing originally because he wanted the journalists to watch cricket, to talk cricket and write cricket like him."

"Roebuck will be remembered for long for his contribution to the game through his writings. There can never be one like him. May his soul rest in peace," added the statement.


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