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Family wants to bury Roebuck in England

The family of noted cricket writer Peter Roebuck, who committed suicide in Cape Town last week, has sought permission to take his body to England for burial, a report said here on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: Nov 16, 2011 00:19 IST

The family of noted cricket writer Peter Roebuck, who committed suicide in Cape Town last week, has sought permission to take his body to England for burial, a report said here on Tuesday.

According to a report in 'The Australian' newspaper, Roebuck's family has emerged to claim his body, which will be sent back to England.

"There had been speculation the cricket commentator would be buried in South Africa, a place where he said his family lived, or Australia, the country he adopted after leaving England. However, Roebuck's sister has told friends that her mother - his friends were surprised to discover she was alive - wants his body returned to where he was born," the report said. Roebuck claimed to have snapped relations with his siblings and mother.

Teammate felt 'uncomfortable'
Radio jockey Gus Worland, who played alongside Peter Roebuck in Somerset, revealed that the noted cricket columnist made him feel "uncomfortable" and behaved "inappropriately" when the two were playing together in the 1985 English county cricket season.

Worland, now a radio host, said that while having a dinner at a restaurant in 1985, Roebuck asked him a list of personal questions that he thought went beyond his personal space.

"I picked up a vibe from him and it made me feel very uncomfortable. He was talking in a way that was very inappropriate. I didn't know how to handle it. That has always stayed with me," Worland said.