Ian Botham
Ian Botham (Credits: Getty)

Sir Ian Botham have achieved distinction as Lord as he is set to join House of Lords after being awarded a life peerage by the UK government. The former England captain and legendary figure was announced among the 18 new politicians. Botham will sit as crossbench-independent-peer.

The development comes after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he will be marking his first anniversary by “rewarding Brexit loyalists with peerages”. Botham, thus, becomes to be awarded with the distinction after Rachael Heyhoe-Flint in 2011, following David Sheppard, Colin Cowdrey and Learie Constantine.

Ian Botham, James Anderson, Stuart Broad England Ashes Australia
Sir Ian Botham. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Post retirement, Botham has been an active charitable campaigner and has raised tens of millions of pounds for research into leukaemia after being staggered to learn that children were dying of the disease when he took a wrong turn in a hospital during his playing career, espncricinfo said in a report.

Botham has played 102 Tests, 116 ODIs. His most famous moment on the cricket field came when he led England to the Ashes triumph in 1981.