LONDON: In recognition of his excellent efficiency within the area of sports activities, England’s former cricketer Sajid Mahmood has been awarded the “Freedom of the Metropolis of London” award.
The British-Pakistani performed worldwide cricket for England and county cricket for Lancashire and Essex.
The correct-arm fast-medium bowler, who made his debut for Lancashire in 2002 whereas on a scholarship with the membership, attended a ceremony at Guildhall within the Sq. Mile, with members of his household and associates to obtain the distinguished award.
After a profitable profession, which included making his One Day Worldwide debut for England in opposition to New Zealand in July 2004, enjoying within the Ashes collection 2006-07, and the World Cup in 2007, Sajid is now Head of Cricket at William Perkin Faculty and has arrange his personal cricket academy.
Sajid was nominated for the award by Metropolis of London Company elected members, Andrien Meyers and James Henry George.
Talking after the ceremony, Sajid Mahmood, mentioned: “It feels very particular to be given the Freedom of the Metropolis of London award for one thing that is essential to me.”
‘My true ardour is to assist develop the subsequent technology’
“I’ve performed cricket on the highest stage and represented my nation and now, my true ardour is to assist develop the subsequent technology, not simply to make them higher cricketers, but additionally higher individuals. In different phrases, to be recognised for that’s actually wonderful.
“I now completely take pleasure in my work as Head of Cricket at William Perkin Faculty and extra lately, establishing the Saj Mahmood Cricket Academy, which allows me to assist as many younger individuals as potential. I wish to thank my household for his or her continued help as a result of, with out them, I’d not be able during which I discover myself now.”
Talking on the event, Andrien Meyers mentioned: “James and I have been more than happy to appoint Sajid for his Freedom which, not solely recognises his notable achievements in cricket at each nationwide and native ranges, but additionally at how he’s now passing on his expertise to younger individuals.”
James Henry George mentioned: “Sajid is clearly each honoured and humbled to have obtained the Freedom of the Metropolis of London, of which we’re rightly proud.
“He will certainly be delighted to know that he’s following within the footsteps of different distinguished cricketers, together with Sir Andrew Strauss, Michael Holding, and Sir Alastair Cook dinner.”
Talking to The Information, Sajid Mahmood mentioned he was honoured and humbled at receiving the award.
Sajid Mahmood urged the British Asian youth to by no means hand over their dream of enjoying cricket professionally. He has additionally requested for fogeys to consider within the system, regardless of any detrimental media round racism within the sport, giving examples of quite a few former and present and former Asian cricketers resembling Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood, Ravi Bopara, Monty Panesar and Owais Shah to call a couple of, who’ve all had very lengthy and profitable careers within the sport.
Sajid Mahmood began enjoying cricket on the age of eight for Bolton Indians however performed most of his youth cricket at Astley Bridge.
He himself had a fortunate breakthrough into the county system. Having trialled 3 occasions for Lancashire and failing in all three makes an attempt, he by no means stopped believing.
His alternative got here when one of many bowlers within the U17s age group bought injured and Sajid was a alternative for a few video games. He carried out nicely with each the bat and ball in each video games making it troublesome for the membership to go away him out of the set-up. 4 years later he made his England one-day debut.