Sir Ian Botham is set to sit in the House of Lords

Sir Ian Botham is set to become the ninth Test cricketer to sit in the House of Lords as a reward for supporting the Brexit campaign

  • Sir Ian Botham is set to be the ninth Test cricketer to sit in the House of Lords
  • He will feature having supported Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit campaign
  • Botham played the last of his 102 Tests in back in 1992 and was knighted in 2007

Sir Ian Botham is set to become the ninth Test cricketer to sit in the House of Lords as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to reward prominent figures who supported the Brexit campaign.

Botham, 64, will be the first since Rachael Heyhoe Flint, who captained England to the inaugural women’s World Cup in 1973, became Baroness Heyhoe Flint of Wolverhampton more than nine years ago.

The other Test-cricketing lords are Colin Cowdrey, Bishop of Liverpool David Sheppard, Trinidadian all-rounder Learie Constantine, George Harris, Martin Hawke, Lionel Tennyson (the grandson of the poet Alfred) and Ivo Bligh.

Sir Ian Botham is set to become the ninth Test cricketer to sit in the House of Lords 

Botham, who played the last of his 102 Tests in 1992, refused to confirm or deny reports of his impending ennoblement, but told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I’m not allowed to speak about this. 

‘When it’s all officially announced, I will be more than happy to do so.’

Knighted in 2007, he has raised millions of pounds for research into leukaemia, famously completing numerous walks between Land’s End and John O’Groats.

Botham will feature as a reward for supporting Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit campaign




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