The Wisden Trophy, contested amongst England and West Indies in Test cricket, is to be replaced by a new trophy named after Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Ian Botham.
England commence the last Wisden Trophy assembly with West Indies – the determining third Examination – on Friday.
The two sides will then compete for the Richards-Botham Trophy when they following fulfill in a Exam sequence.
“It actually is a massive honour, quite remarkable,” Botham stated.
The new trophy is a tribute to two of the most legendary players in cricket and a person of the sport’s greatest rivalries.
All-rounder Botham scored 5,200 runs for England and took 383 wickets in 102 Exams. Antiguan Richards is regarded as one of the best ever batsman, scoring 8,540 operates in 121 Assessments for West Indies at an regular of 50.23.
Talking to BBC Test Match Special’s Isa Guha, Botham additional: “I am delighted as much for myself as I am for Viv. He’s the most effective batsman I at any time bowled to. In each individual structure of the match, he is been the very best.”
The Wisden Trophy was initial awarded in 1963 to celebrate the 100th version of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
Former England captain Michael Atherton experienced previously called for the trophy to be rebranded, and stated that John Wisden – a county cricketer who established the Almanack – experienced no relevance to the England v West Indies fixture.
The Wisden Trophy will now be retired and shown at a museum at Lord’s.
Botham and Richards competed against every single other a lot of occasions more than their global occupations. But they also performed alongside one another for Somerset and struck up a powerful friendship off the field, and even shared a home through that time.
“There are occasions when I arrived to England and Ian built me felt so welcome,” Richards explained.
“There can be some humorous folks all over the globe, not every person appreciates this color.
“Ian adopted me as a mate. At that time, we sent a huge concept to the planet that two people today of various races can contend collectively, reside with each other and share the great periods alongside one another.
“You are going to have two very good men, in my viewpoint, whose names are going to be on this trophy.”
The West Indies have gained 14 series versus England since the Wisden Trophy was first awarded, and held it for 27 decades between 1973 and 2000.
England have received the 9 occasions and 4 collection have finished in a attract.
With the existing sequence amount at 1-1, the winner of the third Exam at Emirates Outdated Trafford will lift the Wisden Trophy. Existing holders West Indies, who conquer England 2-1 in 2019, will retain it ought to the collection be drawn.