Sir Ian Botham
Sports Legend | Commentator | Fundraiser
Keynote | After Dinner | Sport | Motivation | Inspirational | Guest
Sir Ian Botham is an internationally recognised personality who has been a professional footballer, cricketer, charity fundraiser and television commentator.
A true cricketing hero, Ian draws on his experiences as a professional sportsman to demonstrate how teamwork and leadership can lead to success.
His up front presentations and lust for life, ensure that audiences are left truly entertained.
Sir Ian Botham started his career on the football and cricket fields simultaneously, with Scunthorpe United and Somerset County Cricket Club.
He is remembered as the best all rounder that English cricket has ever seen. Since his retirement from competitive cricket, he has continued his involvement in the game through the role of cricket commentator for Sky Sports, as well as developing his keen interest in golf on the Pro-Am Circuit.
Ian reached a career double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in his 21st Test match and his tally of 100 wickets was achieved in two years and nine days. The youngest cricketer to take 200 wickets in Tests, he reached his second double of 2,000 runs and 200 wickets after 42 Tests and was the first player to hit 5,000 runs and take 300 wickets in Tests. Of his many outstanding achievements, the greatest performance was in Bombay in 1979/80 for England vs India when he hit 114 in his only innings and took 13 wickets in the match (6-58 and 7-48).
He was awarded the OBE for his services to cricket and charity in 1992 and a knighthood in 2007.