Former Bedford School boy and England cricketing legend, Alastair Cook CBE, is tipped to receive a Knighthood in the Queen’s 2019 New Year’s Honours list.
While not officially confirmed, the Knighthood will be for his contribution to the sport and he’ll be the first cricketer to become a ‘Sir’ since Ian Botham in 2007.
Bedford School have spoken of their pride at the news. A young Alastair Cook attended the school from 1998 to 2003.
In a statement they said: “Alastair has been, and continues to be, a true inspiration to everyone at Bedford School. He is, without doubt, a shining example of true sportsmanship, great leadership, personal fortitude and conviction.
“We are hugely proud of all that he has achieved and a knighthood really is the most honourable recognition of his achievements, his character and everything he has given to the sporting world.”
Alastair Cook CBE retired from cricket back in September of this year and is England’s most-capped test match player, and has some incredible stats including:
- First player to score a century at every Australian Test ground
- Youngest player (from any country) to score 7,000, 8,000, 9,000, 10,000 and 11,000 runs in Test cricket
- Youngest Englishman to score 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 Test runs
- Most Test centuries by England skipper, surpassing Graham Gooch’s record of 11
- England’s most capped player in Tests, surpassing Alec Stewart’s record of 134
- Only Englishman (second worldwide) to score 1,000 runs in maiden year
The full New Year’s Honours is usually announced at the end of December.