Geoffrey Boycott sorry after joking: I should black up for a knighthood

Cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott sparks a race row by saying he would have a better chance of being knighted if he ‘blacked up’

Boycott later tweeted that his comments were "unacceptable" and "clearly wrong".

West Indies coach Stuart Law insisted he was determined to oversee a change in the team's fortunes after a crushing first Test loss to England but admitted the series was "a mismatch". TMS is broadcast on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra and Radio 4 LW.

'I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly. We use a number of different contributors in our cricket coverage.

West Indies fast-bowling great Curtly Ambrose labelled the tourists' performance "totally embarrassing" but, with the series now reverting to standard Test hours, Law was confident of an improved showing by his fledgling side. He said he has "utmost respect" for West Indian cricket.

The Australian, speaking ahead of the second Test at Headingley starting on Friday, said: "Forty degrees in Barbados to 13 degrees in Birmingham, I would be walking around freezing my nuts off as well with my hands in my pockets".




The newspaper reported Boycott said: "Mine's been turned down twice".

He was the first England cricketer to pass 8,000 runs and he retired from worldwide cricket in 1982.

Opening batsman Boycott played in 108 Tests for England, making 8,114 runs which included 22 centuries.

The court found that Boycott beat his girlfriend at the time Margaret Moore, but he has always denied this. "We have to get our noses down, our backsides up and play better". I feel so bad about mine I'm going to tie it round my cat.

'Suddenly, when England win, all hell breaks loose. We have been very open and forthcoming with thoughts on how they can get better and we are trying our very best to get it right in a short space of time. It just shows how foolish it was when they come out here two years later and are absolutely annihilated'.

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