Yet, given his uneasy relationship with members of Lord’s where he played with such distinction during a buccaneering career on and off the pitch, Sir Ian, who now lives in North Yorkshire, will certainly enliven proceedings and bring great insight from sport to charity fundraising and country pursuits.
But the fact that this peerage – and others due to be announced in the coming days – is reward for backing Boris Johnson over Brexit is another political no-ball, to use cricketing parlance, which plays straight into the hands of those who believe that such cronyism brings Parliament into disrepute, and will continue to do so, until a future government is prepared to consider, and implement, House of Lords reform.
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