Essex stars Bopara and Zaidi visit Hainault & Clayhall cricket club
PUBLISHED: 12:30 26 July 2017
Essex County Cricket Club stars Ravi Bopara and Syed Ashar Zaidi paid a special visit to Hainault & Clayhall Cricket Club.
The two stars visited the club to allow fans, players, coaches, volunteers, cricket aficionados and the media to air their views on how to help make cricket a better experience and give advice to aspiring cricketers.
The aim of the evening was to gauge opinions through valuable feedback, ideas and thoughts from those who play, watch, follow, or work in the game in order to help improve at grassroots level.
Essex Cricket, the National Cricket League, London Tigers, Capital Kids Cricket and other cricket providers came together and put on activities, which showcased outstanding cricket activities and programmes taking place in East London and Essex on the evening.
The session was followed by an ECB workshop where everyone was given the opportunity to voice their experiences and highlight their challenges on their journey through cricket as a fan, player, coach, umpire, cricket club development programme and league set ups.
Vikram Bannerjee, ECB Head of Strategy, said: “It’s always good for us to engage, speak and learn from everyone and this is a great example of how we come together, reflect and move forward.
“I envisage good outcomes from the consultation, which will beneficial and sustainable in the long term.”
Sajid Patel from the National Cricket League added: “This is the first time, we had an opportunity to bring a team from the ECB to East London at Hainault & Clayhall.
“This type of consultation would normally take place at Lord’s or the Oval in London.
“The work as a collective in East London as part of the engagement programme with various communities has placed Essex Cricket five years ahead of the game compared to many other county boards across England & Wales.
“It was a hugely productive evening and the benefits will be felt in the months and years to come.”
Bangladesh cricket star Mosharraf Hossain Rubel said: “Consultations don’t always happen and this is a great opportunity for the players here as well as future stars and cricket people to have a say in the future of the development of this great game.”
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