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Monday, April 11, 2016

Ian Robinson dies aged 69

Former Zimbabwe Cricket Umpire Ian Robinson dies aged 69

Former Zimbabwean umpire IAN ROBINSON passed away after a battle with lung cancer so bravely-borne, in Harare on Sunday 3rd April.

Ian made his international debut as an umpire in the 1992 World Cup and his Test debut in Zimbabwe's inaugural match, against India in Harare, that same year.  He officiated in 28 Tests, 90 ODIs and three World Cups in 1992, 1996 and 1999.

He began his umpiring career in 1975, and was appointed to Zimbabwe's first-class panel three years later.  Apart from his umpiring duties, Ian served as a Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) board member for 14 years and was an employee of the Board for nine.  He also served as the Board's international cricket manager.

Ian Robinson was appointed to the first international panel of umpires established by the ICC in 1994.  In 2008, he announced his retirement from top-level umpiring to focus on his role as ICC Regional Umpires' Performance Manager (RUPM) for the Africa region.  He was one of the most respected umpires to come out of the game of cricket.

He is survived by his wife Louise, his sons Gregg and Brad and his loving family.  Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.

May his dear soul rest in peace.

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