Ex-cricketer Geoffrey Boycott apologises over 'racism'

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Ex-cricketer Geoffrey Boycott apologises over 'racism'

Former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has been criticised for saying he'd be more likely to get a knighthood if he "blacked up".

The Q&A event, which took place in a break during the day-night Test between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston, was attended by around 200 people.

West Indies coach Stuart Law admits the current series with England is a "mismatch" but he remains keen for them to recover from a disastrous opening Test.

Boycott wrote on Twitter today: "Speaking at an informal gathering I was asked a question and I realise my answer was unacceptable. I'd better black me face", Boycott reportedly said. He said he has "utmost respect" for West Indian cricket.

In a release on Monday, Cricket West Indies announced a 15-man squad and explained that Darren Bravo had said he was not available for selection.

There have been 11 West Indian players to get knighthoods, including greats like Sir Viv Richards and Sir Clive Lloyd.

The 76-year-old has since apologised unreservedly for his "unacceptable" and "clearly wrong" comments.

Boycott said: "Mine's been turned down twice". The West Indian cricketers received knighthoods because they excelled on the cricket field.

Boycott played 108 Tests for England, scoring 8114 runs at an average of 47.72.

He survived a battle with throat cancer in 2002 and returned to commentary in 2003, staying on the airwaves ever since.

He added: "International cricket's pretty tough and in this part of the world, when you are playing against an experienced England side, it's even tougher".

"We did not play well", he said on a cold, rainy day in Leeds. It doesn't mean anything anymore. "I think it's in keeping with what they have been saying about their overall preparation for global cricket".

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