School Leads International Cricket Exchange
Rising star of Indian cricket, Khizar Dafedar has joined CHS for the Summer Term, as part of an international exchange initiative, led by the School, which has now been taken-up nationally.
Top cricketers from India are exposed to different playing conditions, educational systems and cultures through the exchange programme, which was initiated by CHS Teacher, Mr John Wilson and former England Universities cricketer and surgeon, Dr Samir Pathak.
Fifteen year-old Khizar, who plays for Mumbai’s U16 team and trains with former Indian cricketing legend Dilip Vengsarkar, is the third youngster from India to be hosted by CHS.
Khizar, who scored 71 runs in his first game for the School, said: “The ball moves very differently here, so I’m learning to alter my playing style to accommodate the different temperature and atmosphere.
“I’m enjoying my lessons too. The style of teaching is very different and using laptops and iPads in the classroom is completely new to me.”
Head of the School and former England women’s cricketer, Lucy Pearson said: “It is an honour to welcome Khizar to CHS. Sport is a wonderful medium through which to bring young people together and Khizar is a superb ambassador for India and for cricket. Khizar and his team-mates here at CHS are learning from one another about the game and understanding its values and benefits. We are very grateful to the generous support network of host families and local business who have helped make his time here so successful.”
Following the successful scheme at Cheadle Hulme School last Summer, Merchant Taylors School, in Hertfordshire and Hymers College, in Hull are both now hosts to other star players.
Dr Pathak said: “It is wonderful to see young, talented cricketers being given this opportunity. I am very grateful for CHS for being the School to initiate the programme and move it from strength to strength.”
Khizar attends lessons in the mornings, before playing in regular fixtures with the School’s1st XI. He will also gain some league exposure and has been invited to play against the renowned Lashings World XI.