हिन्दीಕನ್ನಡമലയാളംதமிழ்తెలుగు

Thatscricket - News - English cricket embodies a strong Asian lineage

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 22:02 [IST]
 
Share this on your social network:
   Facebook Twitter Google+    Comments Mail

New Delhi: When English selectors picked Nottinghamshire's Rawalpindi-born Usmaan Afzaal for the first Ashes Test team against Australia, it highlighted the presence of a host of Asian cricketers in England.Every year, the number of cricketers from South Asia and those of South Asian origin is growing in Britain, both in County Championship and local leagues within the Old Blighty. The Asian strength starts with Chennai-bornBritish captain Nasser Hussain. His family migrated to England when he was only five.Hardly a month before giving the gutsy Afzaal his first Test cap, England selected Karachi-born Owais Alam Shah of Middlesex to bail it out in the One-day triangular NatWest Series, involving Pakistan and Australia. ThatEngland failed to make it to the final is another story.Many cricketers currently representing English national or county sides were either born in Asia, have strong roots there or migrated with their families to England.Most Asian-Britons come from the West Midlands. So there should be no surprise that Worcestershire has the largest number of six players in its current squad. Vikram Solanki, the lanky Udaipur-born batsman and an effective off spinner, leads this brigade.Solanki, who attended St Luke's in Udaipur before migrating as an eight-year-old, has eight One-day Internationals under his belt and now awaits his Test debut. Among others is Kanpur-born Anurag Singh, 25, a right-hand batsman and off break bowler. He is also a former England under-19 and Cambridge captain.Ali cousins Kabir and Kadeer have played for English under-19 besides Worcestershire. Kabir is a pace bowler and Kadeer a batsman, who has been picked for England 'A' squad that will face the West Indies this month.Depesh Patel, the six-foot-four-inch tall fast bowler, and Alamgir Sheriyar, another six-foot-plus speedster who should play for England soon, complete the Asian lineage.Minal Mahesh Patel, the Mumbai-born left-arm spinner, has been a regular for Kent for some years but has failed to make a mark at the highest level. The 30-year-old has played two Tests but got only a solitary wicket.Stylish Leicestershire batsman Aftab Habib is also of Asian descent. Habib, whose parents are from India and Pakistan, has played two Tests and represented England's under-15 and under-19 teams. He made his first class debut for Middlesex, but later joined Leicestershire where he is doing very well.Apart from those who have qualified to play for England, many Indian andPakistani Test players have been playing county and league cricket in England, Scotland and Ireland for years.Last season Indian captain Saurav Ganguly and his deputy Rahul Dravid turned out for Lancashire and Kent. Dravid won many a heart with his batting and his off-field conduct.Leg spinner Anil Kumble, presently out of action with a shoulder injury, has had two fruitful seasons with Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.In the past, legendary Indian left-arm spinner Bishen Singh Bedi played forNorthamptonshire, all-rounder Ravi Shastri for Glamorgan, left-arm spinnerDilip Doshi for Nottinghamshire as well as Warwickshire for years and Kapil Dev for Northamptonshire and Worcestershire. Even Sunil Gavaskar, who never liked the county rigmarole, spent a season with Somerset in 1980.Madan Lal, an all-rounder, played for several years in the central Lancashire League, known to be one of the toughest competitions outside of the national County Championship.Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, who represented Lancashire in the1990s, was perhaps the first cricketer from the sub-continent to sign a six-year contract in county cricket. His predecessors who have put in successful stints include Mushtaq Mohammad, Intikhab Alam and Asif Iqbal, all former captains.IANS

Extras:
Hussain out for 3 weeks with broken finger
Post your views

Write Comments

Video Gallery

  • Virat Kohli Scores 75 Off 51 Inspite Of Palm Injury, Stitches Needed

    Watch Photo

    Virat Kohli Scores 75 Off 51 Inspite Of Palm Injury, Stitches Needed

  • Virat Kohli Becomes Highest Scorer In Single IPL Season, Breaks Chris Gayle Record

    Watch Photo

    Virat Kohli Becomes Highest Scorer In Single IPL Season, Breaks Chris Gayle Record

  • Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardene Appointed To ICC Cricket Committee

    Watch Photo

    Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardene Appointed To ICC Cricket Committee

  • Azharuddin Reveals Why He Raised His Collar While Playing

    Watch Photo

    Azharuddin Reveals Why He Raised His Collar While Playing

  • Mitchell Johnson Hits Glenn Maxwell After Being Dropped From KXIP

    Watch Photo

    Mitchell Johnson Hits Glenn Maxwell After Being Dropped From KXIP

  • Chris Gayle Struggling In IPL, Is It The End For Universal Boss

    Watch Photo

    Chris Gayle Struggling In IPL, Is It The End For Universal Boss