Pupils and teachers of Prior Park Prep school near Swindon were bowled over recently when Top-order Batsman Azhar Ali joined their junior and senior cricket training, to provide some key coaching points.
Azhar Ali is a right handed batsman, who began his career on the Pakistani domestic scene. His achievements are many including achieving two hundreds and two fifties in five matches. Scoring his first Test fifty in his second match and captaining the Pakistan team.
On the Monday night Azhar attended the children’s cricket training session at Prior Park Prep School and helped the young players to understand the importance of focusing on the small things in the game.
Impressed at the skill level of the younger players and the content of sessions at Prior Park Prep School, he returned for a second innings on Tuesday, taking time to have a bat with some of the senior boys and girls.
Unable to resist, Head of Cricket, Mr T. Davies (Ex-Gloucestershire Player) livened things up with some short bowls from 19 yards when Azhar was in bat. Despite limited protective equipment Azhar showed his class remained undeterred!
Still not out, Azhar even returned to play football on the Wednesday night with parents and staff!
There was a real buzz around the sports hall during the two visits and we are very grateful to Azhar Ali for offering his support for our young players. We wished him well for his tour of the West Indies, the same destination that these boys will be heading to next Easter on their own Cricket tour! Azhar was an inspiration to our players and he kindly donated a playing shirt from the recent tour of Australia where he scored 202 not out in one innings.Head of Cricket, Mr T. Davies
For Prior Park Prep School this is part of a series of cricketing success following on from pupils Aryan and Joseph securing U10 places with the Wiltshire County Cricket team and Ollie and Ethan securing places in the U12 squad. Prior Park Prep School is working with Cricklade Cricket Club to support the ECBs new All-stars initiative.