Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has apologized for making an allegedly racist comment while discussing knighthoods handed out to West Indies cricketers.

British newspaper The Daily Mirror reported on Tuesday that the 76-year-old Boycott said he would need to "black me face" to get a knighthood after seeing the honor handed out like "confetti" to West Indies greats such as Viv Richards, Garfield Sobers and Curtly Ambrose.

Boycott responded to the newspaper article by tweeting that what he said was "unacceptable," adding: "I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly." He said he has "utmost respect" for West Indian cricket.

Boycott, an outspoken pundit, is reported to have made the remarks at a question-and-answer session during a break in play of England's day-night test against the West Indies at Edgbaston last week.