London: Great All rounder Ian Botham of England was made a member of the 'House of Lords' in the British Parliament. He is among the 36 new veterans elected to the 'House of Lords' (Upper House) by the government. Former captain Botham played 102 Test matches for England between 1977 and 1982 and is a supporter of Brexit. The 64-year-old player was awarded 'Knighthood' in 2007 for services to charity and cricket.
He is the first cricketer to be awarded 'Peerage' after former England women's team captain Rachel Hayhoe-Flint's 2011 zone. He will sit in the House as a 'crossbench - independent - peer'. After retirement, he joined cricket campaigns in addition to commentary in charity matches, including raising funds to research leukemia.