The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has announced its partnership with Pakistani Club Lahore Qalandars with the new signing of the overseas player, Haris Rauf.
There are many propositions this new partnership will include such as, the player exchange programme which will allow international players to learn from each other. A scholarship which will allow aspiring players from Yorkshire to travel to Lahore and access Qalandars first-class facilities as well as the opportunities for the young cricketers from Pakistan to come to Yorkshire and practice.
This will allow the opportunity for Yorkshire County Cricket Club to learn from and emulate Lahore Qalandars’ Players Development Program.
Overall, it allows the chance for players from both teams to train alongside each other and play under tough conditions with the addition of a scheduled game between the two sides on 16 Jan 2022 in Lahore at the world-famous Ghaddafi Stadium.
This partnership creates learning abilities, development, and support for all levels. It also enables more pathways into cricket and to inspire individuals from all backgrounds to take part and enjoy what they love.
Lord Kamlesh Patel OBE, chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Club said, “The work the Lahore Qalandars do both on and off the pitch is remarkable and can serve as a benchmark for clubs around the world – ours included- for how best to spot, foster and support talent at all levels in the game of cricket.
“The Players Development Program is an incredible achievement – breaking the mould for how teams can be created within our sport, and demonstrating that through offering access and support, great cricketing talent can be found from all backgrounds”.
Director and Chairman of the Bradley & Colnebridge, Muhammed Khan who trains youngsters between the age of 8-14 years from Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Mirfield and Batley has expressed with the recent racism scandal a lot of his students were heartbroken over the fact if they would ever be chosen despite being brilliant players.
He explained a lot of the students expressed, “Why should we even train and put our heads down when this whole racism thing is happening at out doorstep?”.
Mr Khan who is not only a coach to his students but more so an uncle described how the students should look past the scandal, “I told them, you need to put your head down and work hard. There will be a time other clubs will realise your talent. They’ll look at you and take you for you, and not for how you look but your talent”.
When asked about the partnership that Yorkshire Cricket County Club has began with Lahore Qalandars he expressed, “It’s given an opportunity for others from ethnic minorities to come and play at high standards and showing they really do care to have other ethnic minorities representing Yorkshire”.
Hopefully this new proposition might be one of the first steps in the right direction for Yorkshire County Cricket to build back trust and confidence, with not just Mr Khan’s students but others from the South Asian community considering it’s recent racism row.
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