David Gower, Ian Botham Say Goodbye to Sky Sports commentary box After Final Ashes
David Gower and Ian Botham said goodbye to Sky Sports commentary Sunday after the conclusion of the fifth and final ash test at London’s Oval.
The two grand covered the game for the announcer for a couple of decades, covering the ups and downs of English cricket, including the recent World Cup triumph when Eoin Morgan-led England won their first trophy in fifty-year-old cricket.
“It’s been extraordinary. What a year it has been, what twenty years, I dare say, has also been,” Gower told Sky Sports.
“I had a great time with Sky. I’m sorry to leave. I didn’t have the right mentality to train, and I like to talk, I like language. The transmission felt good. Moreover, I think there’s a lot left in the tank. I want to keep broadcasting because I think I’m pretty good at it and I love it,” Gower added.
It feels bizarre to know that Sky’s days are over, but thank you very much to all those I have worked with during those 20 years. and It was a great team to be a part of. Thank you to all of you for so many kind messages.
David Gower Tweet Saying Goodbye to Sky Sports
It feels very strange knowing that the Sky days are done but a huge thank you to all those with whom I have worked over those 20 years. It was a great team to be part of. Thank you too to all of you out there for so many kind messages.
— David Gower (@David215Gower) September 16, 2019
Botham rated his 25th year with Sky Sports as “a great trip” and thanked the announcers for keeping it “close to the game” he loves.
“It’s been a great journey for 25 years,” Botham told The Mirror. “And I feel like I did it at the best of times, as the company and our coverage were becoming what had become.
“When I joined, the men in charge, John Gayleard and Vic Wakeling, said they wanted to take the game to people’s rooms. It’s been much fun, and I can’t thank Sky enough for staying close to the game I love,” Botham added.
“I’ve commented on so many great moments. All good things come to an end, and now I can see the game as a fan,” Botham concluded.