I had NOT initially paid much attention to his name because it wasn’t as if I was going to know him.
Then while reading a news story it suddenly struck me. ‘Botham‘ as a First (i.e., given) name. I had never seen that before.
Of course we cricketers all know Botham — Ian, BUT ‘Botham’ as a last name.
But, it all makes sense. He is from St. Lucia and cricket is very popular in St. Lucia. Possibly even the unofficial National Sport.
Botham Shem Jean, 29, was born in 1989. That was at the height of Ian Botham’s cricket exploits around the world.
I am sure that one or both his parents are cricket mad (like I) and named their son after ‘Ian Botham’. I would know. My son’s middle name, Gordon, is after West Indian cricket legend, Gordon Greenidge.
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