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Syed Abid Ali teaches at Summer Cricket Camp

By Khalid Qaiyum
August 2012
Syed Abid Ali teaches at Summer Cricket Camp

In an excellent cricketing atmosphere, at their first outdoor facility, trainees were excited and parents were happy to see their children get a chance to practice on an open cricket ground with matting and nets set up. All equipment was provided.

Georgia Youth Cricket Association began its Summer Cricket Camp for all ages in Alpharetta, GA. The initiative was taken by Khalid Qaiyum and Satish Musunuri for the Atlanta youth. Khalid Qaiyum introduced former Indian Test Player Syed Abid Ali to the trainees. His brilliant approach and disciplined attitude received praise from trainees’ parents.

Syed Abid Ali played 29 test matches for India and 212 first class matches. He had the distinction of getting out some of the best players in the world: Geoffrey Boycott of England three times, Sir Garfield Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, and Roy Fredericks one time each. He also got out several other test players wickets and caught many more batsmen at short leg position when the Indian team of trio spinners was at peak. In his long cricketing career he did exceptionally well playing for the Indian team, especially against England under the Captaincy of Ajit Wadekar when India beat England in England. After moving to the USA he was invited by the UAE national cricket association to coach their national team, where they won the ICC regional tournament, besting Netherlands in the finals. He also coached Andhra Ranji Trophy Team for three years when Andhra beat Bengal and many top elite ‘A’ Ranji Trophy teams. With his cricketing knowledge, experience, and creativity, he helps trainees learn the best practices of the game.

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A professional personality, he wasted no time and started the session with physical exercises and fielding drills. When it rained he took everyone under the shade and went through the fundamentals of the game oneon- one. He taught some drills which could show trainees immediate results. It was amazing and the kids loved it.

Trainees had a lot of fun, and so did parents. One parent said, “We never saw real nets ever before in Atlanta; this is something great—hope it will continue.”

Former West Indies Captain Alvin Kallicharran was slated to join the camp also.

 

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