Former cricketer sorry for 'unacceptable' comment — Geoffrey Boycott

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22 August, 2017

"I'd better black me face".

After terming the process of knighthood like "confetti" to West Indies greats, Geoffrey Boycott told the Sky Sports presenter, hosting a question and answer session: "Mine's been turned down twice".

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

"I never saw any aggression from the West Indies players throughout the three days".

But he has since apologised on Twitter by "apologise unreservedly" for his comments.

The former England opener, whose career coincided with that of such West Indies stars as Garfield Sobers, Michael Holding and Vivian Richards, added: "I take no pleasure out of saying this as I played against some of the greatest players the world has ever seen wearing the maroon cap of the West Indies".

The England and Yorkshire hero, 76, was branded a "dinosaur" after his comment to VIP guests at the day-night Test against the West Indies.

Boycott was also inducted into the International Cricket Council's Hall of Fame in 2009.

It is understood Boycott also blamed not getting a knighthood on his 1998 conviction in France for assaulting former girlfriend Margaret Moore two years earlier.

Boycott is no stranger to making controversial comments on and off the air.

The sadness was felt much closer to home, too, with the great Antiguan fast bowler Curtly Ambrose telling the Daily Mail newspaper: "It does hurt".

Boycott became a cricket commentator with the BBC in 2004 and is a member of the Test Match Special team.

Boycott played 108 Tests for England, scoring 8,114 runs at an average of 47.72. "This has been going on for a number of years so I can not say I was really surprised". It just shows how foolish it was when they come out here two years later and are absolutely annihilated'.


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