Ian Botham

  • I took pedalo for drink with Botham, reveals Flintoff 5 days ago

    Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff has revealed that his notorious encounter with a pedalo during the 2007 World Cup was a failed attempt to enjoy a nightcap with Ian Botham. Flintoff was fined and banned for one match by then-England coach Duncan Fletcher after the drunken incident in the Caribbean,...
  • Indian Premier League made me a more skilful player: Eoin Morgan September 6, 2014

    Birmingham: Eoin Morgan defended the Indian Premier League as he prepared to captain England in their lone Twenty20 international against India at Edgbaston on Sunday England great Ian Botham used his MCC Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's earlier this week to call for the domestic Indian Twenty20 franchise competition to be shut...
  • Lack of IPL hurting England in shorter formats, says Akram September 5, 2014

    London: Not playing the Indian Premier League is the reason behind England's struggles in the shorter formats, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said, a day after England great Ian Botham called for the rich Twenty20 competition to be scrapped. England were thumped 4-1 in Australia in their one-day international series at...
  • BCCI slams Ian Botham for hitting out at IPL September 5, 2014

    Mumbai: BCCI on Friday rubbished former England great Ian Botham's criticism of the highly lucrative Indian Premier League, saying he had no locus standi, and advised him to first get his facts right before commenting on the Twenty20 League. "Let him get his facts correct first. He has asked how the...
  • Ian Botham calls for end to Indian Premier League September 4, 2014

    London: England great Ian Botham said on Wednesday the Indian Premier League was "too powerful" for cricket's long-term good as he called for the lucrative Twenty20 domestic tournament to be scrapped. Delivering the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's, where he was once a ground-staff boy before going on...
  • England performance an embarrassment, says Ian Botham September 3, 2014

    London: Angry and sad at the way England have been outplayed in the ongoing ODI series against India, former captain Ian Botham and retired spinner Graeme Swann said the performance of the side led by Alastair Cook is nothing short of an "embarrassment". "Rarely have I been so angry at watching...
  • England ponder options at India ODI after Botham blast August 30, 2014

    London: England will have criticism from all-round great Ian Botham ringing in their ears as they try to get back on level terms with India in the third one-day international at Trent Bridge on Saturday. Wednesday's huge 133-run defeat by India in Cardiff was almost a textbook demonstration of what have...
  • Nude picture on Ian Botham's Twitter page, says account hacked August 18, 2014

    London: Former England all-rounder Ian Botham was embarrassed on Monday when a photograph of a naked man appeared on his Twitter page. The explicit picture, accompanied by a suggestive message, was quickly removed and Botham claimed that his - account @BeefyBotham, which has over 310,000 followers - had been hacked. Former Welsh...
  • Geoffrey Boycott, Ian Botham laud England for turnaround August 1, 2014

    London: Lavishing praise on the England cricket team for their series-equalising win in the third Test against India, former captains Geoffrey Boycott and Ian Botham said the home side looked much stronger than the tourists in every department of the game. Writing in 'The Daily Telegraph', Boycott hoped that the English...
  • James Anderson becomes highest wicket-taker in England July 17, 2014

    London: At the centre of controversy surrounding his alleged altercation with Ravindra Jadeja in Trent Bridge, fast bowler James Anderson on Thursday replaced Fred Trueman as England's highest wicket-taker in the Old Blighty, where he has accounted for 230 scalps. Another Englishman, Trueman, had taken 229 wickets in this country, while...
  • Flintoff making 'massive mistake' in coming back to cricket: Ian Botham June 1, 2014

    England great Ian Botham said Andrew Flintoff was making a "massive mistake" in coming back to play Twenty20 county cricket after five years out of the game. Flintoff, like Botham a pace bowling all-rounder and ex-England captain, was forced to retire through injury in 2009, his ankles and knees having repeatedly...
  • Ian Botham to Deliver MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture May 30, 2014

    London: English cricket legend Sir Ian Botham will deliver the 14th MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's on September 3. The iconic allrounder turned commentator will become the fourth Englishman to give the address after Geoffrey Boycott in 2005, Christopher Martin-Jenkins in 2007 and Tony Greig in 2012. Botham,...
  • Imran best allrounder of my era, says Hadlee August 18, 2013

    Bangalore: Former New Zealand allrounder Sir Richard Hadlee has voted Pakistan's Imran Khan as the best allrounder of his era, calling him a complete package in the celebrated '80s quartet, which included himself, Kapil Dev and Ian Botham. "If I was asked to pick who was the better of the four...
  • Ian Botham still disappointed at not winning 1992 World Cup August 1, 2013

    Dubai: The 1992 World Cup final defeat to Pakistan still haunts Ian Botham but the former England all-rounder does not have any regrets as he gave his all to win the trophy. England had lost to Pakistan by 22 runs in the final after being bowled out for 227 while...
  • Anderson ready to shoulder Ashes burden July 15, 2013

    Nottingham: James Anderson insisted he was prepared for more hard work in pursuit of Ashes glory after leading England to a nailbiting 14-run win over Australia in the first Test at Trent Bridge. Anderson bowled 13 unchanged overs in Sunday's morning session, taking three for 29 on his way to innings...
  • Ian Botham's Ashes and my world July 11, 2013

    It is that time again - the quadrennial homecoming of the historic Ashes series to England. And, as always, the mind harks back to the English summer of 1981 when this writer fell in love with sport thanks to the battle for the Urn of that year. Growing up in...
  • Botham foresees 10-0 demolition of Aussies July 8, 2013

    Despite the appointment of Darren Lehmann as Australia coach, former England allrounder Ian Botham feels that England will thrash their traditional rivals 10-0 in back-to-back Ashes encounters. "I haven't seen anything to remotely make me feel as though I need to change my initial prediction of a double 5-0," Botham...
  • Ian Botham backs England to whitewash Australia in the Ashes June 10, 2013

    London: Ian Botham has warned Australia that England are so superior to their old rivals that it would be no surprise to see back-to-back whitewashes in the forthcoming Ashes double-header. England legend Botham believes his country's 48-run win over Australia in the Champions Trophy on Saturday is likely to be the...
  • Ian Botham mocks Australia's woes in India March 14, 2013

    Wellington: England great Ian Botham revealed he was relishing Australia's woes in India after four players were suspended for indiscipline, mocking the "wellness reports" they are forced to complete. The former swashbuckling all-rounder was referring to the daily reports Australia's players are required to fill out every morning while on...
  • Botham, Hussain pay tributes to Tony Greig December 29, 2012

    London: Former England captains Ian Botham and Nasser Hussain have led the tributes to their late predecessor Tony Greig, who died on Saturday at the age of 66. The South Africa-born Greig, a swashbuckling middle-order batsman and medium-fast bowler, passed away at his home in Sydney, two months after being...
  • Yuvraj at ease in emotional comeback September 11, 2012

    "Who writes your script?" Graham Gooch once asked about Ian Botham in 1986. Cut to 2012, and the eternal scriptwriter has so nearly written another incredible one. Nearly a year after being diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer, Yuvraj Singh returned to international cricket with a performance that made...
  • Botham reinventing cricket for urban youth June 12, 2012

    England: Former England cricket captain Ian Botham wants to encourage children from tough urban areas to play the game by promoting a condensed form tailored for school gyms or basketball courts. Botham, who was one of England's greatest all-round players, is concerned that poorer youngsters are turned off by cricket despite...
  • Botham backs England to bounce back May 2, 2012

    London: Ian Botham expects England to hold onto their world number one status for "quite a while now", provided they learn from the disappointments of their recent series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. England climbed to the top of the Test match rankings after whitewashing India 4-0 in England last...
  • Rushdie to become Sir Rushdie June 20, 2007

    London: Author Salman Rushdie, who was forced into hiding for a decade after Iran's spiritual leader ordered his assassination following the publication of the book Satanic Verses, and England's cricket legend Ian Botham will be knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours on Sunday. Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran had issued a 1989...
  • Dravid gets the pat from Ian Botham September 2, 2006

    New Delhi: Indian skipper Rahul Dravid's army of fans has got a new member. Former England all-rounder Ian Botham has said that Dravid was different from his fellow superstars who were good only in their own backyards. He also said Dravid had responded brilliantly to the challenge of captaincy and deserved all...