Sir Ian Botham to begin Sri Lanka charity walk on Friday
Sir Ian Botham will get his 160-mile charity walk in Sri Lanka under way on Friday morning.
Last Updated: 02/11/13 8:12am
The Sky Sports commentator is attempting to cover the distance in eight days to raise money for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
The 57-year-old former England cricket captain has completed a number of high-profile charity walks since 1985, including John O'Groats to Land's End, the 9 Valleys in Wales and the Hannibal Walk in the Alps.
And he admitted he was looking forward to his latest challenge.
"I'm pleased we said yes, I'm pleased that we are here and, as they say, I can talk, talk and talk but now I've got to walk and walk and walk," Botham told Sky Sports. "We fly up today and get things under way at 8.30 tomorrow morning.
"I've trained a lot. I'm two stone lighter than I was in the summer. I've been walking every day. I'm feeling very good and looking forward to it. I like a challenge and this will be a challenge."
Botham will be joined on his walk by some cricketing greats, including Australian duo Allan Border and Steve Waugh and Sri Lankans Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan.
After completing the walk, Botham will fly to Australia to commentate on England's defence of the Ashes, which they won 3-0 this summer, beginning with the first Test at 11pm on November 20, on Sky Sports 2.
You can follow Botham's progress on Sky Sports News, online with skysports.com and on your iPad. To donate to Beefy's fund-raising effort simply visit www.justgiving.com/BeefysSriLankaWalk