Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss given knighthoods
Former England captains Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss were conferred ‘Knighthood’ on Monday, (England local time). The duo was selected by former UK Prime Minister Theresa May under her resignation honors list as she stepped down from the office.
“We couldn’t be more delighted that Sir Andrew Strauss joins other giants within the sport who have been knighted for their achievements,” England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison said in a statement.
“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.
“Our heartfelt congratulations also go to Sir Geoffrey Boycott, honoured for his long career and passionate dedication to the sport.”
78-year old Boycott has been a towering figure in English sports’ arena for his performance during the cricketing career between 1964 to 1982 and later on as a commentator.
He amassed a total of 8,114 Test runs at an average of 47.72.
Meanwhile former England and Middlesex batsman Strauss hit 7,037 runs in 100 Tests from 2004 to 2012.
Strauss led England to Ashes glory in 2009 and 2010/2011. He became the first English captain to win a Test series on Australian soil since Mike Gatting in 1986-87.
He also served as England’s director of cricket between 2015 and 2018 before resigning due to his wife’s illness.
Criticisms have been evoked by the knighthood of Boycott who was fined £5,000 and given a three-month suspended sentence in 1998 after being convicted of beating his ex-girlfriend Margaret Moore in a French Riviera hotel.
Prime Minister Theresa May, who introduced the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill to Parliament earlier this year, is now accused of conveying “dangerous message” by Women’s Aid’s co-acting chief executive Adina Claire.
She commented that Boycott should not be honored such as it sent “completely the wrong message” to survivors of domestic abuse.