During the Test series between England and South Africa on Monday, Geoffrey Boycott fell victim to a prank live on air.
Fellow presenter Jonathan Agnew announced he had just been passed an official press release from the ICC.
He relayed this to Boycott and stated that the cricket’s governing body had decided to downgrade a match which involved Boycott and a ‘Rest of the World Team’.
The subsequent effect of which was the team losing its vital first-class status.
It was during this particular contest that Boycott scored a century. After this, he soon went on to achieve 100 first-class centuries; something that was celebrated at Headingley in 1977 in front of his home crowd.
Needless to say, it was a very dear and momentous occasion for Boycott.
Understandably, Boycott got a little hot under the collar, blaming ‘politics’ for the decision and bashing the ICC, calling it ‘ridiculous’.
He stated: "To say it’s not first class is a nonsense," before going on to say, "I’m not bothered, I just think it’s daft."
On August 11, it is the 40th anniversary of the Headingley century, and when Boycott was asked by Agnew if he was planning anything to celebrate, he sternly stated that he was.
"We’re having a do at our house.
"We’re not cancelling it! We’re celebrating it because it’s nonsense. You can’t go changing history like that!”
Adding fuel to the fire, Agnew stated live on air that even though he had received an invite to the event, he now felt it was wrong to celebrate what was now his 99th century and mused it would be a celebration that was now being held under false pretenses.
Rather annoyed at this comment, Boycott said: "It’s a complete mess."
At this point, Agnew responded: "It’s also a complete wind-up Geoffrey!"
You can watch the prank in its entirety in the video below.
Of course, everyone but Boycott was in on the prank.
"Is that right! You muppet! It’s never! Agnew, I’ll get you for that," promised Boycott.
"Well you’ve done me a few times, but that’s the biggest one! You’ve done me easy haven’t you, like a kipper!"
He also took to Twitter afterwards, as did some famous cricket names, reacting to the prank.
"It’s not difficult," said Agnew, before thanking the team at TMS for their involvement in the prank.
"Good work lads, good teamwork."
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