Renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck committed suicide at a hotel in Cape Town where he was covering the South Africa-Australia test series.He was 55. Mr. Peter Roebuck was the former captain of English County Somerset. Known for his no-nonsense attitude which reflected in his writing too where he called spade a spade. His writing stirred a lot of controversies but eventually the readers found that his writing had an element of truth.
South African police released a statement, confirming Roebuck had taken his own life on Saturday night at a hotel in the suburb of Claremont ,minutes from the Newlands cricket ground where South Africa beat Australia by eight wickets in the first test on Friday.
Roebuck had been with the Australian team just before his death. Police spokesman Capt. Fredrick van Wyk told the Associated Press that Roebuck’s body was found outside his room at the hotel, but would not give further details on the nature of the death. Eminent cricketers have paid rich tribute to this most popular cricket writer. Former Indian Captain Anil Kumble has noted that Peter Roebuck was fair in his views.
“ The death of Peter Roebuck leaves the grass less green and cricket without its most effective investigative journalist”,tweeted Tony Greig , himself no stranger to controversy during his cricket career. Another former England cricketer turned journalist Derek Pringle said that the world of journalism had lost one of its brightest stars while referring to his complex personality. Peter Roebuck will always be remembered for his high value journalism among the cricketing fraternity.