Syed Azam Faiz Shah
Azam has been playing in the UK since 2004, however, he has been a paid professional since 2006. He is a fast medium seam bowler and middle order bat. He can bat anywhere in the top 6 and takes the new ball.
His first paid term was in 2006, at Bolton in the Manchester Association, where his league stats were 458 runs @ 30.53 and 56 wickets @ 15.50. This was also coupled with the club and leagues best bowling awards.
The next two years were in the Bolton Association. An excellent season with the ball saw him take 84 wickets and 400 runs to scoop several club awards, as well as the league’s fastest score of 50. The year after, he played a major role in assisting his side win the league title scoring 360 runs and 80 wickets. Again, he took the plaudits as the club’s 2008 bowler of the year.
The next season and a half was missed due to injury. He made a comeback, mid way through 2010 in the Ribblesdale League, scoring 452 runs @ 64.57 (best 134*), with 17 wickets@ 18.69 in just 75 over’s bowled.
This takes us into 2011, with his continued rehabilitation after surgery. He played in the North Wales Premier League. Again playing only a partial season, he scored 314 runs@ 34.89 with 23 wickets @ 21.04 in 11 outings. The 2012 summer, saw Azam play in the Manchester Association for 7 games, scoring 335 runs @ 67 and take 17 wickets @ 14.12.
Azam is also a qualified ECB level 2 coach and is looking forward to a full season in 2013. His exploits with bat and ball will provide many clubs with a Manchester based option, within easy reach of many locations.
Waqar Ahmed Khan
Waqar is a former First Class player, who is now resident in Manchester. Waqar is a skipper’s dream in that he bowls leg spin, bats in the top order and takes slip catches with ease. Waqar has a decade of league experience in Huddersfield, Cheshire and Liverpool.
Waqar had 7 successful years in the Liverpool Competition at Ainsdale, before moving to Skelmersdale in 2011.
He moved to the North Staffs League in 2012, scoring exactly 600 runs and topped his club charts at Crewe, who suprisingly were unable to agree renewal terms. For 2013, he has gone back to Liverpool and specifically, Liverpool CC. He scored 552 runs at 29.05 and took a best of 4/33 bowling just 17 overs in the season.
A solid reliable cricketer, well liked and very easy to get on with.
Nazim Mohammed - Under offer 2014
A promising fast bowler who has had trials with several Counties and played representative cricket at League and Minor County level.
Nazim performed solidly in the Bradford, Bolton and Huddersfield Leagues. The last 6 seasons in the Liverpool Competition, have seen his pedigree rise with 325 wickets @ 19, prove he has pace and causes problems. Nazim continues to work hard on his batting and has provided several crucial cameos in time of need. Held trials with Unicorns, Durham and Surrey. In 2013, Naz also shared the new ball with former England seamer, Saj Mahmood. He returned 41 league victims at 22.76. This was assisted with 214 runs at 23.78. So far, his last 3 summers at Ainsdale, tally 141 wickets at 19 and 327 runs at 15. Naz looks forward to striving towards Prmeier League cricket with his club.
Shahid Mahboob - Player Signed 2014
One of Pakistan’s best medium pacers in the 1980 and 1990’s. He went onto play Test and ODI cricket and still shares a World Cup record partnership with Imran Khan.
Shahid is a Lancashire Board Level 3 coach and tutor , with immense coaching experience. He has been a prolific league cricketer during his career and retains fitness and immense enthusiasm to perform.
A versatile cricketer who can bat anywhere in the top order and starts bowling seam up, reverting to off spin when needed. Scored 768 runs with 74 wickets in 2010 and racked up nearly 680 runs and 80 wickets in 2011.
A move to Crewe in the North Staffs League for 2012, culminated in 86 wickets @ 11.07. 2013, 69 wickets @ 17.39 also scoring 392 useful runs.
Ata played 43 Internationals and gained respect as Pakistan’s third seamer during the 1990’s. He often bowled testing spells after Wasim and Waqar had caused damage with the new ball. His career stalled and he was given a life ban in the ‘match fixing scandal’. By the time, he proved his innocence in the Courts and the ICC revoked his life ban, his top flight career had ended with many seamers ahead of him. This hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm, as Ata recently played several 2nd XI games for Derbyshire. Ata has over a decade of league experience in Ribblesdale, Cheshire County, Liverpool Competition, Tyneside and North Staffs leagues. This year, he played for Brigade in the North West Union in Ireland and helped secure a league title, with solid bat and ball efforts. He also proved critics wrong who said he could bat with near 700 league runs and 35 wickets. In one T20 game, he smashed a 42 ball 120*. Level 2 qualified, Ata enjoys coaching young seamers in the art of seam bowling and is a great club servant with his vast experience.
Identical twin brother of Ata. Zia is an explosive top order batter, who bowls leg spin and can keep wicket. Played 14 First class games before settling in the UK. Holds a record in Bangladesh Premier League cricket with a season’s best of 850 runs. Zia has played in the Tyneside, Cheshire County leagues and had an excellent year in the North Staffs at Betley, scoring 896 runs @ 47.16 and 25 wickets @ 27. Zia is a fun loving character who plays hard, but fair and a quality team man.
Waqas shared the new ball in the early part of his First Class career with Mohammad Asif and Rana Naveed. He then moved to ‘the Man U’ of Pakistan cricket, in Habib Bank. He was never overawed and performed credibly when played. Alongside this, he built his league career with stints in Birmingham, North East Prem, Liverpool Comp, Lincs Premier leagues. After marriage, he settled in the Midlands, and played for Peterborough in the Northants Premier. ‘WC’ doesn’t look like a quick bowler, however, a ‘Google’ search will testify that he bowls an excellent Yorker at pace. When batting, he displays style and patience. He didn’t play in 2010, due to work commitments, but returned this year with a Lancashire League sub pro effort with bat and ball, and then in 8 games for Burton Latimer (Northants Prem), he took 32 wickets @ 9.22, with a best of 9/15 and average of 20 with the bat. Waqas has his own transport and with no ancilliary costs for a club, bar match fee, Waqas’s services will be very much in demand at every level. Arguably listed as one of the best professionals to have played in the Lincolnshire/Northants area.
Twenty year old University student, Harry is under the watchful eye of Essex CCC. Had a successful 2nd XI debut in 2011, scoring 51 & 30 against a strong Sussex side. Harry has progressed through the ranks at Huntingdonshire. A solid, stroke player at the top of the order, he also bowls leg breaks and fields brilliantly.
Played representative league cricket and looking to move up the cricketing educational ladder with a stronger challenge. Scored 4022 league runs in 4 seasons in the Cambridgeshire League, averaging 42.78. His leg spin has snared 42 wickets, however, playing in a team with a Professional leg spinner means his bowling is rarely utilised.
Azam is a former FC cricketer, who can open the batting and bowling at league level. This has proved effective for him, in many leagues he has played since 2001. He has extensive experience in the North Lancs, Huddersfield, Birmingham, North Staffs, Cheshire County and Liverpool Premier Leagues.
He has the ability to bowl brisk medium pace and bats anywhere in the top order. A useful utility cricketer and a genuine team man. Azam also holds the UKCC Level 2 certificate.
Harminder Singh Jugnu
Former India U19 starlet, Harminder Singh, opened the batting and kept wicket throughout his First Class career.
Prior to settling in the West Midland, Harminder played several years as an Overseas Professional in the Worcester and Surrey Leagues.
A powerful batsman and competent off spinner, who will slot into any league environment.
Now free from work duties, he looks to find a full time engagement as a ‘local pro’ for 2014. Harminder played 12 games for Alder in the strong Liverpool Competition and topped the clubs averages with 448 runs @ 40.73 and taking 13 wickets @ 32.
Ali is a genuine all rounder who can open the batting and bowling. He is a current FC player in Pakistan, but has leave to remain under spouse visa regulations.
A former Pakistan U19 player with 14 caps, Ali played a strong part in KRL’s surge to the National Division 2 title in 2011/12 winter, averaging 48 with the bat.
He signed as an 11th hour replacement for Leycett in the North Staffs League and made an immediate impact on debut.
Despite the strong start, weather caused havoc through the season, and he ended up with 559 runs and 36 wickets.
Ali looks to continue this success in 2014.
Faisal Irfan Butt - Player signed 2014
Faisal has been a performing league professional, since settling in the UK, as well as during his near 10 year First Class career.
Faisal had 4 seasons at Leamington in the Birmingham League, prior to that spells at Cleckheaton and Pudsey St. Lawrence in Bradford League.
A seam bowler of brisk pace, Faisal is a genuine all rounder with the bat, as over 2200 FC career runs prove. Faisal immediately settled in at Betley in the North Staffs League and earned an excellent reputation with team mates, club members and opposition alike. His initial season collected 591 runs at 29.55 and 62 wickets at 18.36. This consistent performance lead to Betley offering terms for 2014. ECB 2 qualified.