England’s former cricketer Ian Botham is likely to be given Lord’s title by Boris Johnson for his support to the Brexit Campaign, as per reports. He is the greatest allrounder of all the time and has represented England in 102 Tests and 116 ODIs.
According to The Times, Botham would be among 30 new life peers announced by British Prime Minister Johnson to mark his first year at 10 Downing Street (PM’s official residence). However, officials have not confirmed the news yet.
Being made the peer means he has the right to sit in Parliament as a member of the House of Lords. He will become the ninth Test cricketer to sit in Lords. Before him, the late former England captains David Sheppard and Colin Cowdrey, West Indies’ Learie Constantine – Britain’s first black peer back in 1969 – and former England women’s captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint, who died three years ago have been given this prestigious right.
Botham has effectively used his fame. He has openly supported the Brexit campaign. He also appeared alongside Johnson before the 2016 referendum that saw Britons vote to leave the European Union.
Ian Botham’s enormous service to England:
For his service to cricket as well as charity work, Botham was knighted in 2007 and added Sir after his name.
Talking about his cricket career, Ian Botham emerged as the best allrounder of England. He was the one-man army for his side, dominating with his explosive batting and fast bowling. He has single-handedly stolen the show from the opposition and had led his side to great heights.
He has scored 5200 runs and scalped 383 runs in Tests. The 64-year-old has also notched 145 wickets and 2113 runs in ODIs. He retired from the game in 1993 and persuaded his career in a commentary.
Apart from his contribution to cricket, he has done several charitable works. He has raised millions of pounds, mainly for leukaemia research.