Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham is to join the House of Lords, the government has confirmed.
The 64-year-old, a strong supporter of Brexit, is among 36 new peers, who also include former Chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond.
Sir Ian, who played 102 Test matches for England between 1977 and 1992, is an advocate of field sports and a prominent Brexit supporter who was knighted in 2007, in recognition of his services to charity and cricket.
Botham is considered one of England’s greatest ever cricketers, with 5,200 Test runs and 383 wickets.
After breaking into the Test side aged 21, Botham wasted little time in establishing his star quality.
He recorded five wickets for 74 on debut at Trent Bridge to help England go 2-0 up in the 1977 Ashes Series, before returning even better figures of five for 21 as his side regained the urn in the next Test at Headingley.
His most famous moment on the field came in 1981 when he inspired a sensational defeat of Australia.
Botham was also a talented footballer but, believing he was better at cricket, opted for the sport he is best known for as his full-time career.
Even so, he still turned out as a defender for Yeovil and Scunthorpe in the Football League between 1978 and 1985. In December 2017, he was named the Irons’ club president.
After retirement, he became a commentator and started his own wine label. He will sit as a crossbench - independent - peer.
Questioned about potentially receiving a peerage last week, Botham refused to say much, insisting he was respecting protocol, meaning he “cannot say anything at this stage”.
“You will know the protocol as well as I do,” Botham told the Guardian. “And that is that I obviously cannot say anything at this stage. That’s the way it works.”
At a Vote Leave event in County Durham with Johnson in May 2016, Botham said: “I have been lucky enough to grow up in a wonderful country, a country that has always been able to look after itself.”
But he said he believed the UK’s power had been “eroded by Brussels”.
He added: “I think, hang on, enough’s enough” and “it would be nice to go back to being [the UK]”. He also said the country could become “cluttered” if it remained in the EU.
Asked about concerns over job losses if the UK voted to leave, Botham said: “If we stay, who’s going to get those jobs? The people coming into our country, they don’t seem to have to come over with a job, any qualifications, just turn up.”