Geoffrey Boycottwas the butt of the joke (Getty)
Geoffrey Boycott was the target of an elaborate prank on Test Match Special on Monday that left him done like a kipper.
While commentating on the England v South Africa Test series, co-presenter Jonathan Agnew claimed he had just been handed a press release from the ICC.
Crickets governing body had taken a decision to downgrade a match involving a Rest of the World team in which Boycott had been involved, stripping it of first class status.
As the information was digested, it was pointed out that former England batsman Boycott had scored a century during the contest.
The knock-on effect was that Boycotts famous 100th first class century achieved in front of his home crowd at Headingley in 1977 was actually his 99th. His real 100th ton was scored inFaisalabad.
During the exchange Boycott became increasingly worked up, labelling the decision ridiculous and the result of politics.
To say its not first class is a nonsense, he said, before adding: Im not bothered, I just think its daft.
See how it unfolded below
With the 40th anniversary of the Headingley century coming around on 11 August, Agnew asked Boycott if he had anything planned to mark the occasion.
Were having a do at our house, he said. Were not cancelling it! Were celebrating it because its nonsense. You cant go changing history like that!
Agnew then pointed out that he himself had been invited to the event, but with it now being to celebrate his 99th century he had been asked along under false pretenses.
Boycott declared: Its a complete mess!
To which Agnew replied: Its also a complete wind-up Geoffrey!
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With everyone in the studio audibly laughing, it dawned on Boycott he had been duped.
Is that right! You muppet! Its never! Agnew Ill get you for that, said the Yorkshireman.
Well youve done me a few times but thats the biggest one! Youve done me easy havent you, like a kipper!
Its not difficult, Agnew said before congratulating everyone in on the prank: Good work lads, good team-work.
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