International flavour for T20 Pro:Am 2019

T20 Pro:Am has linked up with the International Cricketers Association to give club cricketers in England the experience of their careers.

Hundreds of cricketers from across the country have put their names forward for consideration in this year’s T20 Pro:Am Draft, and those selected will have the chance to play with some legends of Pakistan cricket.

Misbah-ul-Haq captained Pakistan in all three formats of the game and is his country’s most successful Test captain with 26 wins. Throughout his career Misbah-ul-Haq has been setting the standard, whether it is scoring a Test century in just 56 balls, becoming the first Pakistani player to score a 50 in a T20 International, or helping his country win the 2009 World T20 trophy.

He is still a highly-wanted professional despite playing well into his 40s and is a member of the Chittagong Vikings (Bangladesh Premier League) and Peshawar Zalmi (Pakistan Premier League) squads.

Saeed Ajmal is the joint fourth-highest wicket taker in T20 International cricket, with 85 wickets from his 64 matches. For over three years he was ranked as the best bowler in One-Day Internationals, and achieved the same ranking in T20 Internationals between October and December 2012.

Ajmal retired from all forms of cricket in 2017 with a World T20 winners-medal in his collection, and represented T20 teams in the Pakistan Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and the Australian Big Bash.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Saeed Ajmal will be playing in T20 Pro:Am South (Ageas Bowl; Sunday, September 1st) and T20 Pro:Am North (County Ground, Northampton; Sunday, September 8th). They will also be working with and supporting the disabled teams at T20 Pro:Am Disabled (County Ground, Northampton; Saturday, September 7th) to highlight the importance and development of this version of the sport.

Players in T20 Pro:Am Women at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday, August 31st will be sharing the field with Pakistan Women’s captain, Bismah Maroof.

Maroof is a highly experienced operator in white ball cricket, with 100 T20 Internationals and 103 One-Day Internationals under her belt. She broke into the national team aged just 15 and has been prolific with both bat and ball in the 12 years since.

Steven Crook, T20 Pro:Am Tournament Director and a two-time T20 Blast winner, says that having three international players of such standing be a part of the 2019 Series is a major coup.

“We have had some fantastic English players in T20 Pro:Am, but we’re delighted to be working with the International Cricketers Association to give this year’s events an overseas flavour,” he says.

“Misbah-ul-Haq, Saeed Ajmal and Bismah Maroof are three of the most experienced players in Pakistani T20 International cricket and we’re privileged to have them be a part of T20 Pro:Am.”

Moghees Ahmed, Chairman of the International Cricketers Association, added: “T20 Pro:Am is a wonderful initiative and we are glad to be working with them on developing the tournament.

“The ICA has always been committed to cricket from the grassroots level up to the professional game. We believe that no matter the environment, no matter the means, sport – and especially cricket – can make a big difference to someone’s life and hopefully playing with Misbah-ul-Haq, Saeed Ajmal and Bismah Maroof will make a lasting impact for the club cricketers in T20 Pro:Am.”

The remaining legends and professional players have also been confirmed for all the events:

Men’s Legends (South and North): Simon Jones (England), Monty Panesar (England), Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan), Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan)

Women Legends: Charlotte Edwards (England), Arran Brindle (England), Beth Morgan (England), Bismah Maroof (Pakistan)

Disability Legends: Misbah-ul-Haq, Saeed Ajmal

Men’s South Professionals: Gareth Berg, Keith Barker, Ian Holland, Brad Taylor

Men’s North Professionals: Alex Wakely, Josh Cobb, Graeme White, Richard Levi

Women’s Professionals: Emily Windsor, Ella Chandler, Providence Cowdrill, Charlotte Taylor

Disability Professionals: Dan Bowser, Jonny Gale, Ollie Barton, Alex Jervis

T20 Pro:Am gives club cricketers the experience of their careers, with training camps covering areas including coaching, nutrition, sports psychology and strength and conditioning as well as a day of competition at an international First Class venue.

Draft night is on July 18th, when players will be drafted into teams ahead of the training camps and the tournaments at the Ageas Bowl and Northampton’s County Ground.

T20 Pro:Am is sponsored by Greene King IPA and is recognised by the ECB.

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