Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Geoffrey Boycott Apologises For 'Black Face' Comment on West Indies Cricketers

Geoffrey Boycott Apologises For 'Black Face' Comment on West Indies Cricketers

He said that he would be more likely to receive a knighthood if he was to "black his face", it is reported.

Former England great Sir Ian Botham was the last cricketer from the country to have been knighted, back in 2007.

There have been 11 West Indian cricketers knighted including Sir Curtly Ambrose, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Viv Richards and Reverend Sir Wes Hall.

Boycott played for the England Cricket Team for a period from 1964 to 1982, amassing 8114 Test runs at an average of 47.72.

"Mine's been turned down twice".

He is also accused of saying knighthoods were handed out like "confetti" to West Indies greats.

Boycott wrote: "Speaking at an informal gathering I was asked a question and I realise my answer was unacceptable".

Controversial England batting legend Geoff Boycott made a grovelling apology on Tuesday for remarking he needed to "black up his face" to get a knighthood at an event last week.

'I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly.

Boycott responded on Twitter, accepting his comments were "unacceptable" and "clearly wrong".

Geoffrey Boycott, who played 108 Tests, said he was being blocked from getting the knighthood for being a convict in France in 1996.

Substantial steps need to be taken by the International Cricket Council to ensure that cricket media and audiences are not privy to such comments made by international and domestic cricketers.

Boycott, who had been critical of Yardy's performances, told the BBC he was "surprised" by the decision and added: 'He must have been reading my comments about his bowling, it must have upset him.

"I really fear that this series could be one of the saddest for Test cricket", Vaughan told the BBC, before the second Test that starts in Leeds on Friday. "He will be part of the team for the West Indies Tests".

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