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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Friday's Connector: Ian Botham

April 7th, 2010
05:40 PM ET

Sir Ian Botham is one of England's most well known and respected cricketers and over the course of his fifteen year career, he still holds a number of records.

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Born in 1955 in Cheshire, England, Botham had to choose at an early age whether he would focus his talents on the sport of football or cricket.

At first, Botham was intent on pursuing a career solely on cricket, but after an injury, Botham joined the Scunthorpe United football club as a forward.

Botham played a total of 11 games in the Football League.

However, it is Botham's career as a test cricketer that is remembered.

Botham had his international test cricket debut on July 28, 1977 against Australia in the role of an all-rounder - batting on his right hand side with a fast bowling style.

Over the course of his test cricket career, Botham had more than 5,200 runs and is recognised as one of England's greatest Test players.

Botham still holds the record for the highest number of wickets taken by an England bowler.

Since leaving cricket, Botham has become recognized for his charitable work and most notably his work with the organization Leukaemia Research. This Month he heads out on a 10 day charity walk in support of the organization.

Here's your chance to send in your comments and questions to Ian Botham.

Please leave them below and remember to tell us where you're writing from.

India and Pakistan's high stakes marriage

April 7th, 2010
04:12 PM ET

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik exchanged wedding vows Monday in a controversy hit celebrity union across the deep political and religious rivalries that divide their two countries.

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The nuptials follow a stormy courtship for the pair, with anger among hardline Hindus over Mirza's relationship with a Pakistani man matched by a scandal over bigamy allegations against Malik.

Last week, Malik divorced his first wife, Ayesha Siddiqui, an Indian woman whom he had earlier accused of tricking him into what he described as an invalid wedding.

Siddiqui claims Malik married her by telephone eight years ago, but Malik maintains he was deceived and the marriage was invalid, saying the agreement was based on photos sent to him which he insists were not of Siddiqui.

Asked earlier this month if she was unnerved by the controversy surrounding her wedding, Mirza said, "Of course I am upset. But we are happy that we are together."

Mirza divides opinion in India, drawing criticism from strict Muslim groups for her short tennis skirts and jewelry, while gaining praise and fans for her achievements on the court.

We'd like to know what you think.

Do you think the marriage can help bring Pakistan and India closer together?

Please leave your comments below and remember to tell us where you're writing from.

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Monday's Connector: Ringo Starr

April 7th, 2010
02:39 PM ET

He's the English singer-songwriter that was part of one of the most famous music groups of all time and Ringo Starr is still knocking out the hits.

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The 69-year-old gained worldwide stardom for his role as the drummer of the Beatles after replacing Pete Best in 1962.

Starr was also a driving force behind many of the group's most well known hits - singing the lead in songs such as "Yellow Submarine" and "With a Little Help from my Friends".

While known for his musical ability, Starr also made a name for himself in the acting world. He's the most acclaimed actor from the group - appearing in a number of Beatles films as well as other television programs.

After the Beatles broke up in 1970, Starr continued his involvement in the music industry by releasing a number of solo albums.

In January 2010, Starr released his fifth album called "Y Not".