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Sir Ian Botham Talks Trading, Charity, Cricket & Football

Sir Ian Botham - cricketer, fund-raiser, commentator and city trader?

Yes, you read that right.

While Botham claims his innings at Headingley in 1981 stopped the stock markets trading, now he is having a go himself to raise money for charity.

It is all part of an initiative set up by City Index to let celebrities trade on the stock markets and raise as much money as they can for a charity of their choice.

And Botham will be doing his best to raise funds for The Beefy Foundation which helps support young people affected by life-threatening, and in some tragic cases, life-ending diseases.

Talking to Cricket World, Sir Ian gives us his thoughts ahead of his latest fund-raising challenge, talking warmly about the sort of young people he hopes his efforts can go towards helping.

And ahead of the start of the England-Sri Lanka series at Lord's, he gives his view on whether England's stock is on the rise, or on the slide...although it sounds as if he would be keeping his money in his pocket on that one for the moment as England embark on a new era under Peter Moores and Alastair Cook.

Find out whether he would play Sam Robson, Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan at the home of cricket and as an added bonus, who he thinks will win the FIFA World Cup, set to get underway later this week in Brazil.

Does he give England a chance?

This interview was conducted when Sir Ian Botham appeared on Cityindex.co.uk Celebrity trader.

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