School Sport: Khan pits wits against legends

PUBLISHED: 14:30 11 June 2015

Zeeshan Khan (centre) with England Test captain Alistair Cook

Zeeshan Khan (centre) with England Test captain Alistair Cook


Newham College student plays for Essex against cricket icons in Ravi Bopara’s All-Star game

Zeeshan Khan with Pakistan star Shahid AfridiZeeshan Khan with Pakistan star Shahid Afridi

Newham College’s Zeeshan Khan represented Essex at their ECG base in Chelmsford in Ravi Bopara’s All-Star match.

Several London and Essex players were invited to train and play on the pitch earlier in the day before Khan was chosen to be a substitute fielder in the evening’s T20 match.

Zeeshan Khan alongside current England star Moeen AliZeeshan Khan alongside current England star Moeen Ali

Essex were pitted against an International All-Star team which included legends such as Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Kumar Sangakkara and Saeed Ajmal.

Bopara’s England colleagues Moeen Ali, Monty Panesar and current Test captain Alistair Cook also joined in the fun.

Khan spent time with the international stars in the dressing rooms as well as in the clubhouse, soaking up the atmosphere of a big match while also picking up valuable cricketing tips.

He was presented with several souvenirs and also gave up his time to help proceedings during breaks of play and covered for injured Essex players in the field.

An excitable crowd were treated to a feast of T20 cricket as over 400 runs were scored and 15 wickets being claimed also.

The All-star team ran out eventual winners with Afridi and Bopara both scoring blistering half centuries but despite ending on the losing team, Khan said he loved every minute of the match.

“I wasn’t nervous to be honest. I just concentrated on what I had to do and was pleased to get on the field with some of the legends,” he said.

“The players were so friendly on and off the pitch and they gave me good advice too. I want to thank my coach and Newham College for all the support they have given me, it means a lot.

Khan’s coach at Newham College, Zaheer Daleel, believes seeing the youngster take to the field with greats of the game was a proud moment for everyone associated.

“I’m sure my players will agree it was amazing to see Zeeshan on the field. I witnessed how inspired and excited they were to see a teammate play with players of huge calibre and reputation,” said Daleel

“Zeeshan always works hard and deserves all the success that will come his way. Newham College are very proud of him.”

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