Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan headline at Park Avenue
Yorkshire’s star overseas players Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan made an appearance at Park Avenue Bradford last night for a Tapeball Cricket Family Event.
The duo received a brilliant welcome from those in attendance, with the Pakistan players taking part in a question-and-answer session before happily signing hundreds of autographs and starring in a lot of photos.
The event, organised by the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, saw the culmination of a Tapeball tournament with eight teams going head-to-head. There was also a range of activities for children including a speed gun challenge, a throwshow challenge, cricket activities alongside a DJ and food stalls.
Yorkshire Cricket Foundation’s Diverse Communities Manager Sohail Raz said: “We had a brilliant community atmosphere at Park Avenue Bradford yesterday. There was something for all the family to get involved in and it was clearly visible that everyone enjoyed their time.
“The Tapeball games provided entertainment and it was great to see the competitiveness of the tournament as well as being played in a good spirit.
“It was fitting to see the children engaging well with the fun activities which has created a great pathway onto our Wicketz programme starting at Park Avenue in a couple of weeks time.”
The Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Chief Operating Officer Andy Dawson said: “We were absolutely delighted with the response to yesterday’s event. A large number of people from the Bradford community came out to show their support, enjoy some tapeball cricket and meet two of our star players.
“It was fantastic to see so many young girls and boys enjoying the occasion and going home happy with their autographs and selfies with Haris and Shadab.
“The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation have a track-record of coordinating events like this around the county and their work is a crucial part of our aims to engage with our communities and make cricket a game for everyone.
“It is so important that we give back to our communities and hopefully events like this will help to inspire the next generation of cricketers.”
Yorkshire’s Business Development Director Maroof Khan, who hosted the Q and A session, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people at Park Avenue and the questions from the audience were fantastic.
“Haris and Shadab were the perfect role models and very much enjoyed the event.
“It is clear there is a lot of passion for cricket within the community and we are looking forward to engaging with everyone to make Yorkshire Cricket an organisation for everyone in the coming years.”