Former England all-rounder, Ian Botham has been made as a member of the House of Lords in the British Parliament. The government has announced the names of 36 new members. It also includes Botham’s name. With this, he became the first cricketer to receive this honor after 2011.
Earlier in 2011, this honor was given to former England captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint. Apart from these, former England captain David Sheppard and Colin Cowdrey, Larry Constantine of the West Indies (Britain’s first black co-worker in 1969) were also members of the House of Lords.
Botham scored 5,283 runs and took 383 wickets in 102 Tests:
Botham is known as ‘Sir Ian’, as he was awarded a knighthood in 2007 by Queen Elizabeth II. He had played 102 Tests for England from 1977 to 1992. In this, he scored 5,283 runs and took 383 wickets in his name. He came into limelight in 1981 when he made a significant contribution to the victory against Australia in the Ashes.
Bothom supports PM Boris Johnson’s Brexit campaign:
Botham publicly supported Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit campaign at a time when a referendum was not held. Brexit is an abbreviation for British Exit. This means that Britain will exit the European Union. The British public voted in a gambling poll on 23 June 2016 in favor of exiting the EU. Subsequently, on 31 January 2020, Britain split from the European Union.
ODI series between England and Ireland being played in the empty stadium:
The ODI series between England and Ireland is currently being played in the empty stadium due to the coronavirus. Earlier, England beat West Indies 2–1 in 3 Test series played here from 8 July. This series was played without an audience. After this, the 3 ODI series between England and Ireland is also being played in the empty stadium from 30 July.