The Wisden Trophy, contested among England and West Indies in Exam cricket, is to be changed by a new trophy named right after Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Ian Botham.
England start the last Wisden Trophy assembly with West Indies – the selecting 3rd Take a look at – on Friday.
The two sides will then contend for the Richards-Botham Trophy when they next fulfill in a Take a look at collection.
“It genuinely is a massive honour, really wonderful,” Botham reported.
The new trophy is a tribute to two of the most legendary gamers in cricket and a person of the sport’s greatest rivalries.
All-rounder Botham scored 5,200 operates for England and took 383 wickets in 102 Tests. Antiguan Richards is regarded as 1 of the biggest ever batsman, scoring 8,540 runs in 121 Exams for West Indies at an normal of 50.23.
Speaking to BBC Take a look at Match Special’s Isa Guha, Botham added: “I’m pleased as much for myself as I am for Viv. He’s the very best batsman I ever bowled to. In each and every format of the recreation, he’s been the very best.”
The Wisden Trophy was 1st awarded in 1963 to rejoice the 100th edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
Former England captain Michael Atherton experienced previously called for the trophy to be rebranded, and reported that John Wisden – a county cricketer who founded the Almanack – experienced no relevance to the England v West Indies fixture.
The Wisden Trophy will now be retired and displayed at a museum at Lord’s.
Botham and Richards competed from just about every other lots of times in excess of their global careers. But they also played with each other for Somerset and struck up a powerful friendship off the area, and even shared a residence for the duration of that time.
“There are periods when I arrived to England and Ian made me felt so welcome,” Richards stated.
“There can be some funny people around the planet, not everyone appreciates this colour.
“Ian adopted me as a pal. At that time, we sent a massive concept to the globe that two persons of different races can compete alongside one another, dwell collectively and share the excellent periods with each other.
“You are heading to have two fantastic fellas, in my impression, whose names are likely to be on this trophy.”
The West Indies have won 14 series in opposition to England considering that the Wisden Trophy was initially awarded, and held it for 27 many years among 1973 and 2000.
England have gained the nine situations and four sequence have finished in a draw.
With the latest sequence degree at 1-1, the winner of the 3rd Take a look at at Emirates Old Trafford will carry the Wisden Trophy. Current holders West Indies, who conquer England 2-1 in 2019, will keep it really should the series be drawn.