Former England captains Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss receive knighthoods

first_imgFormer England captains Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss receive knighthoodsAndrew Strauss and Geoffrey Boycott were the only sporting names in a list largely consisting of political figures, a nod to former UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s lifelong love of cricket.advertisement Next Associated Press LondonSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 12:59 IST Andrew Strauss and Geoffrey Boycott both played over 100 Tests for England (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSAndrew Strauss led England to to two Ashes series wins and scored over 11,000 international runsBoycott’s 108 Tests from 1964-82 brought him 8,114 runs and 1082 runs from 36 ODIsBoycott, who led in 4 Tests, is the first man to score 8,000 Test runs for EnglandFormer England captains Andrew Strauss and Geoffrey Boycott have been given knighthoods in former Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation honors list.The two opening batsmen were the only sporting names in a list largely consisting of political figures, a nod to May’s lifelong love of cricket and her admiration for Boycott in particular.Strauss played 100 Tests for England from 2004-12, scoring more than 7,000 runs at an average of 40.91, and captaining the team to two Ashes series wins. Less than three years after retiring, he became the most powerful official in the English game as managing director. He was the unseen administrative architect behind England’s first World Cup triumph in July.”I cannot think of a man more worthy of the honour,” former England coach Andy Flower said.”As a player he was tough and resilient, as a captain he balanced a firm hand and moral compass with a compassion and empathy that meant he was loved and respected in the dressing room by his players and the staff.”Boycott’s 108 Tests from 1964-82 brought him 8,114 runs at 47.72 – the first man to reach 8,000 in the longest format for England. He captained England in four Tests in 1978, deputizing for the injured Mike Brearley.At a news conference last November, May was asked in the form of a cricketing analogy about the number of ministerial resignations, or “wickets,” over her handling of Brexit.”One of my cricket heroes was always Geoffrey Boycott, and what do you know about Geoffrey Boycott?” she asked. “He stuck to it, and he got the runs in the end.”advertisementBoycott was forced to apologize in 2017 after joking that he would have to “black up” to be considered for a knighthood, pointing out the honor had been bestowed on West Indies cricketers including Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers, and Sir Curtly Ambrose.He was also given a three-month suspended prison sentence in 1998 after being convicted of assault against former girlfriend Margaret Moore. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002 but made a full recovery and returned to TV commentating.”Our heartfelt congratulations go to Sir Geoffrey Boycott – honoured for his long career and passionate dedication to the sport.”In May 2015, Andrew was invited to join the ECB as director, England cricket, to shape the future strategy of the men’s international teams – in part to enable an environment that would see England as live contenders for the World Cup in 2019, an aim they so thrillingly delivered on just a few short months ago.”It was with the same class and courage that he and his family set up the Ruth Strauss Foundation to raise money and awareness just a few months after losing Ruth to a rare form of cancer.”Aside from his achievements on and off the pitch, Andrew is widely regarded as an exceptional person in our game and this wonderful accolade will be celebrated around the cricketing world,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Andrew StraussFollow Geoffrey BoycottFollow Sir Geoffrey BoycottFollow Sir Andrew Strausslast_img

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