London, August 1
Legendary England all-rounder Ian Botham has been made a member of the House of Lords of the British Parliament.
The 64-year-old Botham, a former captain, was amongst 36 new friends introduced by the federal government to affix the unelected House.
Botham, who performed 102 Test matches for England between 1977 and 1992, is a distinguished Brexit supporter. He was knighted in 2007 in recognition of his companies to charity and cricket.
He will sit as a crossbench—unbiased—peer.
He is the primary cricketer to be awarded a peerage since former England ladies’s crew captain Rachael Heyhoe-Flint in 2011. David Sheppard, Colin Cowdrey and Learie Constantine had been the others who had been honoured with House of Lords seats earlier.
Botham’s most well-known second on the cricket subject got here in 1981 when he impressed England to a sensational win over Australia within the Ashes.
After retirement, he has been concerned in charity campaigns, together with elevating funds for analysis into leukaemia, in addition to doing commentary of cricket matches. PTI