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Cricket: How’s that!

Posted in Life by muslimwire on October 21, 2009

A MIDDLESBROUGH dad who has devoted more than three decades to cricket has been recognised by the sport’s leading lights.

Nazir Ahmed was presented with the Natwest and the English Cricket Board’s award for outstanding services to the game behind the scenes at Lords.

Nazir, who has been involved in cricket for 32 years, was honoured for his contribution to cricket at Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough.

“Two years ago the club was burnt down and the players had nothing – no pavilion, no changing rooms, just a bare field. I approached the club and said I wanted to help regenerate it, and we just took things from there,” he said.

The former semi-professional player gave hundreds of hours over to work on the new developments, encouraged fundraising efforts and steered the club in the right direction. He is now the chairman, but still finds time to coach and do the grounds – no mean feat considering the wicket at Ormesby is played on up to five times a week. Nazir said: “I want to thank my wife, Yasmine, for all her support – my life revolves around cricket so she’s been a cricketing widow quite a bit!”

Originally from Pakistan, Nazir, 45, came to Teesside as a child, and along with many of his friends from the sub-continent became fascinated with cricket.

“I have played for a number of clubs in the North Yorkshire and South Durham and Northern Premier leagues, mostly as an all-rounder – opening the bowling and batting at number four.

“With the new cricket club at Ormesby Hall, I wanted to create a club that focused on cohesion, and be somewhere that young Muslims can come and improve their cricket skills and socialise.”

Ormesby first team captain Barbir Noor, told the Evening Gazette: “It’s richly deserved. Nazir is devoted to cricket and has played in the NYSD and other leagues for 32 years.

“And he has made a huge contribution to our club.”

In September, Nazir was recognised at Yorkshire County Cricket Club for his devotion to the game by local cricketers, then this month was summoned to the game’s HQ in London for the presentation.

The dad-of-four said: “Alistair Cook presented me with the award – it was a really good evening, but there is still a lot more to do.

“I want to stay on board and take this club forward – we’ve only just begun after all.”

If you want to find out more about Ormesby Hall Cricket Club ring Nazir on 07753 985221 or email him at naz@msv.co.uk

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