Thursday 2 August 2007 

Maurice Chambers Receives British Citizenship

Essex fast bowler Maurice Chambers was given his British Citizenship at a private ceremony on Friday July 27.

The Jamaican-born cricketer had previously been allowed to feature for the County as a non-overseas player, as well as for England Under-19s, due to special dispensation being granted by the ECB.

Nineteen-year-old Chambers now becomes a naturalised player, eligible to represent Essex and England without restriction.

Essex Chief Executive David East explained:

“Maurice was in the country as a minor on his Jamaican passport with his mother and the family had committed themselves to staying in the UK. We have been assisting him with naturalisation and the first part of that process was when he was granted permanent leave to remain in the UK last year. He was confirmed as a British Citizen at a ceremony on July 27 this year and is now eligible to play for England and will be treated as an English player going forward.

“We have worked with Maurice for several years assisting his development as a player and with his intention to stay in England the time was right for him to become naturalised.”

Academy Director and 2nd XI Coach John Childs, who has worked extensively with Chambers, said:

“Full praise to the Club, who have stayed very committed. Maurice is an exciting talent and one that needed encouragement. The Club invested significantly to help him become British and Maurice understands and appreciates this. He is keen to repay this investment on the field with Essex as an English player.

“It’s obviously difficult for him at the moment coming back from injury (a stress fracture of the back) and we are working quite closely with (Physio) Mark Thomas on his strength and conditioning to make sure his body is up to the rigours and we are also working and re-checking with the ECB as to his bowling action itself.”

Chambers made his first-team debut for Essex in 2005 but has been restricted by injuries since. Essex Physio Mark Thomas gave the following Fitness Bulletin on Chambers and fellow fast bowler Mervyn Westfield on Wednesday:

“Maurice Chambers and Mervyn Westfield are continuing to make improvements to their strength and fitness following lumbar spine stress fractures diagnosed early in the season. It is unlikely that they will play as bowlers prior to the end of the season.”

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