Beefy on the spirit of cricket and charity trading

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Even though his days at the crease are long gone, Sir Ian Botham remains one of the biggest names in cricket.

Even though his days at the crease are long gone, Sir Ian Botham remains one of the biggest names in cricket.

Whenever he speaks, everyone with an attachment to the sport listens, but in a recent online interview, he let his feelings be known on some of the major talking points, including the spirit of cricket and the controversial return of Freddie Flintoff.

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Starting with the spirit of cricket, Sir Ian talked about the problems revolving around spot fixing plaguing parts of the game. He then spoke of how the current England side had performed, but had a few kind words for Ian Bell, stating that he was deserving of the Cricketer of the Year award for his exploits so far in 2014.

A big mistake?

Sir Ian then moved on to the thorny issue of Freddie Flintoff coming out of retirement to play for Lancashire. He said that, while it was entirely his decision to make, there was a strong possibility that this comeback might not end up being as triumphant as many of his fans would have initially hoped for.

The England legend is currently taking part in <a href='http://www.cityindex.co.uk/spread-betting/celebrity-trader/?traders=ian-botham' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>Celebrity Trader</b></a>, an online challenge in aid of charity. Given a set amount of money to work with, he has to trade the financial markets in order to return a profit. Whatever money he makes from Celebrity Trader will go towards his own charity, The <a href='http://www.beefysfoundation.org/' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>Beefy Foundation</b></a>.

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