Sport Cricket legend falls victim to epic prank

14:52  01 august  2017
14:52  01 august  2017 Source:   Wide World of Sports

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Former England opening batsman Geoff Boycott is renowned as an expert on cricket statistics, especially his own, but that obsession has left him open to a cruel prank on the BBC’s cricket coverage.

Host Jonathan Agnew pretended to read from an official International Cricket Council press release during the final day of the Test between England and South Africa.

“Further to the recent request from the South African government , the ICC has now considered the question of downgrading the status of all statistics, including runs and wickets from the series played between England and Rest of the World in 1970,” Agnew explained.

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“The ICC agrees that the series was played against the spirit of the Gleneagles Agreement and that in the interests of keeping cricket free from political interference, all matches will be removed from first-class records.”

“That’s ridiculous,” the notoriously prickly Boycott interjected.

“That’s a load of tripe.”

But scorer Andrew Samson was quick to point out the “announcement” cast a shadow over one of Boycott’s most famous achievements, his 100th first class hundred, which came against Australia in a Test at his home ground of Headingley in August 1977, and which Boycott once referred to as “ the most magical moment” of his life.

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If the new ICC direction was to be believed, the major landmark was in fact only Boycott’s 99th hundred.

“Isn’t it ridiculous,” Boycott fumed.

“He’s an idiot for putting that out.”

Boycott then confirmed a charity fundraising evening was planned to mark the 40th anniversary of the achievement.

“You’ll have to cancel it,” Agnew said.

“We’re not cancelling it,” said Boycott, “it’s all sold and done.”

“It’s a mess, an absolute mess,” he continued.

“It’s also a complete wind-up Geoffrey,” said Agnew, putting him out of his misery.

“Is that right? You muppet,” Boycott said.

“Agnew, I’ll get you for that.”

Boycott later took to Twitter, vowing to extract his revenge.

“He’s such a bugger that @aggerscricket. I’ll get him back, and everyone else involved.”

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