Asian Cricket Awards 2015

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Asian Cricket Awards 2015

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It’s not just Ice Gola, Chirag and myself are extremely passionate about one other thing – CRICKET. Growing up in Asian households we were exposed to cricket at a very early age due to a fanatical cricket family. So when my dad started a local cricket club for him and his friends, it was only natural we would find ourselves inspired to become cricketers.

For us growing up there were no Asian role models to look up to who were playing professional cricket in England. We looked elsewhere for our role models – and many of our friends did too. Things have now progressed to a stage where we see a high proportion of South Asian cricketers representing their respective county teams and many progressing to the national team. And therefore it is important to recognise the work behind that, starting at the grassroots level all the way to the national cricket board.

Last year was the inaugural Asian Cricket Awards, an award night celebrating the contribution of south Asians to cricket in the UK. It was a fantastic initiative which at long last was able to recognise the individuals who put in so much into the game in such a positive fashion. This year ECB are also sponsoring a new award – the Diversity Project Award, which is open to county cricket clubs to highlight their work engaging with their local British Asian community.

So earlier this year when we were approached to help support this year’s events, we leapt at the opportunity to be a part of something which is able to celebrate the achievements of those driving forward Asian contribution to sports in England. With ambassadors such as Ravi Bopara, Moeen Ali & Vikram it will provide all an opportunity to see their role models up close. Taking place at Lords Cricket Ground on October 14th is the second annual Asian Cricket Awards where Ice Gola Shack will be there to recognise and show our appreciation for their contributions by providing our fantastic ice golas.

Nominations for the awards are open till 17th August – http://www.asiancricketawards.co.uk/asian-cricket-awards/nomination-form/

For more information on the Asian Cricket Awards, please visit their website and Facebook page.

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