Buxton Student Pushes Cricket Boundary All The Way To Florida

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Date posted: 26 November 2013

University of Derby sports student Rahim Ali is batting for Buxton - in America!

The 23-year-old has been chosen to play cricket in the US Open in Florida, which bills itself as the home of T20 cricket and this year features legends including former Indian Captain Mohammed Azharuddin and Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya, the only player to score over 12,000 runs and take more than 300 wickets in One Day Internationals.

Rahim, who is an undergraduate in his 2nd year of a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching, will join one of the 40 teams from around the world which the promoters have lined up for the tournament.

"They are trying to promote cricket in America," said Rahim, who impressed talent-spotter Raja Arshad, from Leicester, while playing for his Derby home team, Alvaston and Boulton CC in the Derbyshire Premier League.

"I'll be in one of the All Star XIs - possibly Pakistan because of my inheritance - but I won't know until I get there," said 23-year-old Rahim, who played for Derbyshire at junior level but had not planned to take up cricket as a career.

"I never thought I'd be playing cricket in America," said Rahim, who studies coaching practices for various sports including soccer, American football, basketball and many other activities at the University's Harpur Hill Leisure Centre.

"I'm hoping to go into coaching, to put something back into the community."

Rahim, who jets off to Miami in December said: "It will be a world-widening experience."

His University tutor Omari Williams, who is Senior Lecturer and Experiential Learning Lead for Sport, said: "Rahim is going to be a great ambassador for Buxton. He's been an outstanding student for us."

Rahim was encouraged in his cricketing career by his club captain Steve Stubbings, currently Derbyshire Coach and a former county Second XI Captain.

He also thanked firstly his family for the support and encouragement in helping him move forward in his sporting career something his late father always wanted him to do. Rahim added "My father would have been one proud man if he was present with us today, he supported me a lot in my sporting career, I lost hope after he departed, but I was fortunate enough to have a mother, brother and a sister who encouraged me back onto the sporting path & today I'm very grateful and can't thank them enough for their support.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my lecturers in giving me the time away from my studies to represent University of Derby in America."

For further press information please contact:

John Phillips, University of Derby Buxton Community Liaison Officer
Direct dial: 01298 330461
Email: j.phillips@derby.ac.uk

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