UK’s first cricket association launched to support Bangladeshi cricketers
A much-appreciated Bangladeshi cricket association has been launched in Bradford to provide support and representation to talented cricketers from the Bangladeshi community by Yorkshire Cricket, Lancashire Cricket and Cheshire Cricket.
The North Bangladeshi Cricket Association (NBCA) is said to be the first ever association set up for Bangladeshi cricketers in the UK and was launched by some distinguished guests including Kazi Ziaul Hasan, the Honourable Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner for Manchester and Dr Manoj Joshi DL Queen representative, at the Prestige Hall on Monday, 9 May.
Chief Executive of BEAP Community Partnership, Humayun Islam BEM, who played a key role in setting up the NBCA said, “This whole initiative is about the players – it’s about the white rose and the red rose coming together and this is what cricket is about. It’s creating opportunities and it’s fantastic to have Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire all on board and having NBCA created.”
Nine teams will be formed to take part in the league namely-Bengal Tigers Bradford Cricket Club, Hyde Boys Cricket Club, Rochdale Tigers Cricket Club, Coldhurst Cricket Club, Chadderton Cricket Club, Oldham United Cricket Club, Oldham Lions Cricket Club, Oldham King Riders Cricket Club and Westwood Cricket Club.