25 November, 2020

A Seamy Standoff

Three cricketing greats clash in a high-profile legal match

A Seamy Standoff

JULY 15 is likely to be the most important date in this year's cricket calendar. The official cricket fixture list says it marks the start of the Cost Cutter Cup at Harrogate, but you have to see the legal calendar to get the significance of the day. It is the day when, at the Royal Courts in the Strand, Ian Botham and Alan Lamb come face to face with Imran Khan in the libel suits they have filed against the former Pakistan captain.

And a great legal test match it promises to be. The court case is listed for five days with both Imran and Botham fielding some of the best lawyers in the land. Imran has got George Carman, QC—probably the best libel lawyer in the land—to lead his defense, while Botham and Lamb have Charles Gray, another leading silk. Howard Cohen, Imran's Leeds-based solicitor is exuding confidence: "Carman and Khan, that is going to be a formidable partnership."

Imran is likely to take the stand and so is Botham. The prospect of Carman cross-examining Botham promises to be more gripping than anything the test...



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