Sir Ian Botham OBE
Undoubtedly England’s greatest ever player, arguably the world’s greatest ever all-rounder; Sir Ian Botham had a glittering playing career that was littered with highlights from start to finish. He holds the enviable record of being the first player to ever score a century and take 10 wickets in a single Test match. Still England’s highest wicket taker in Test cricket, ‘Beefy’ is the benchmark that all other players are measured against and that will be the case for some time to come.
Since his playing retirement, Sir Ian has remained heavily involved in the game that propelled him to superstardom. As part of Sky Sports’s commentary team, Ian provides an unrivalled insight into the game and remains one of the most respected members of the cricket fraternity.
Beefy’s charity work off the field is considered by many as his greatest achievement. His charity walks for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity, of which he is President, are world-renowned and have seen Sir Ian become the darling of a nation. Having singlehandedly raised over £12m for the charity, Beefy’s work has been highly influential in increasing the chances of surviving Leukaemia from 20% to 80%.
Sir Ian was awarded an OBE in 1992 and knighted in 2008 for his continual services to cricket and charity. These honours are testament to Sir Ian’s overall character and personify why he is the perfect ambassador for any brand.