England cricket legend opens up with Sir Michael Parkinson
After a successful start to the 2015 Investec Ashes series in Cardiff, a very happy Sir Ian Botham joined the Lord’s Taverners for an evening of fundraising at the London Hilton on Park Lane, to help raise funds for the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.
Sir Ian is widely regarded as England’s greatest all-rounder and produced many inspirational performances throughout his career; none more so than during the 1981 Ashes series which became known as ‘Botham’s Ashes’, such was his dominance with bat and ball.
The former England all-rounder was joined on the night by legendary Australian pace bowler Jeff Thomson and South African cricket legend Barry Richards, before being put under the microscope for the second time by broadcast legend and Lord’s Taverners president, Sir Michael Parkinson.
Botham was thrilled to be part of the event which helped raise £75,000 for the Lord’s Taverners to give more disadvantaged and disabled young people throughout the UK a sporting chance.
Paul Robin, chief executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: “Sir Ian Botham and Sir Michael Parkinson are two of the most revered people in this country. England’s greatest cricketer in conversation with our greatest-ever interviewer live on stage made for a very entertaining evening! Sir Ian has done so much for charity over the years and we are extremely grateful to him for taking time out of his busy schedule to support the Lord’s Taverners ahead of the Lord's Ashes Test.”