Ian Botham began his professional cricketing career playing for Somerset. He went on to captain the England test team and was ultimately heralded as one of England's greatest all-rounders having taken 383 wickets and chalked up 14 Test centuries. A former footballer for Scunthorpe Utd, Ian has also been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Since retiring from active sports Ian has presented for Sky TV, is an inspirational fundraiser, has a passion for fishing and is a keen Pro-Am golfer.
Arguably the finest cricketing all-rounder England has ever produced, Sir Ian Botham or ‘Beefy’ as he is affectionately known burst onto the international cricket scene at the age of 22 against New Zealand, scoring an incredible 104 runs and taking 8 wickets on his debut.
It was against the touring Australians in the late 70’s that he really made his name taking five wickets for one run off 28 balls and thus single handedly winning the Test series for England. He also holds the world record for scoring 1000 runs and taking 100 wickets in just 21 Tests and remains the greatest wicket taker in English Test cricket over its 115 year history. Sir Ian represented England at both Test and One Day International cricket.
A natural sportsman, Sir Ian once played professional football for Scunthorpe Utd and has developed a keen interest in Pro-Am golf as well as being a passionate angler.
After retiring from the field, Sir Ian went on to carve himself a successful career in the media as a Sky Sports commentator and is a popular choice as a speaker on the corporate circuit. He has also found time to write his best-selling autobiography Don’t Tell Kath and a novel entitled Deep Cover.
Among his many accolades are an OBE and Knighthood awarded for services to cricket and charity which include walking thousands of miles in sponsored walks for Leukaemia. He also holds the honour of Sports Personality and Pipe Smoker of the Year.
Presenting in a brash and sometimes controversial style, Ian is available for ;
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