Saturday 3 July 2010 

Younus Khan Returns To Yorkshire To Promote Key Test

Younus Khan Returns To Yorkshire To Promote Key Test
Younus Khan Returns To Yorkshire To Promote Key Test
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Younus Khan, Pakistan International Cricketer and former Yorkshire Overseas Player will be in Yorkshire on Monday 5th July to promote the forthcoming 2nd MCC Spirit of Cricket Test Match between Pakistan and Australia which will take place at Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground from 21st July – 25th July 2010. 

The match has been billed as a home Test Match for Pakistan and cricket fans, particularly those from Pakistan and Australia, are being urged to support the match by purchasing tickets from any one of a number of outlets across the region. Tickets are on sale at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s ticket office at Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground, online at www.yorkshireccc.com, at Bombay Stores, Bradford, at Solly Sports, Dewsbury, Bradford Bulls RLFC and at the Tourist Information Centres in both Bradford & Sheffield.

 The details of Younus’s visit are listed below:

-          12.30 pm Paddock Cricket Club, Huddersfield
-          1.30 pm Bradford Tourist Information Centre
-          3.15 pm Bombay Stores, Bradford
-          4.30 pm Manningham Cricket Club, Bradford where Younus will join a number of community coaches and will participate in a series of coaching activities for children.
-          6.15 pm Omar Khan’s Restaurant, Bradford
-          7.15 pm Karmand Community Centre Bradford where Younus will participate in a question and answer session for local community members. Tickets will also be on sale at this event.

Stewart Regan, Chief Executive of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club said, “The Club were delighted to win the bid to stage this significant match between two of the world’s greatest cricketing nations.  We are working closely with all of our partners to ensure the event is a huge success and I am delighted that Younus Khan is supporting the Club and spending a day back in Yorkshire amongst his friends and former cricket colleagues.  He is a great guy and a fantastic ambassador for his country.  I do hope people will come out and support him and attend one of the sessions during the day in Huddersfield and Bradford. I also hope that the people of Yorkshire, especially those of Pakistani origin, will get behind the Pakistan team and make this match a huge success.”

Younus Khan commented “I had a very happy year in Yorkshire and made some great friends during my time at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.  I am delighted to help the Club promote the Pakistan vs Australia Test Match and I urge everyone to get behind the Club and come along to this match.  It is very important for Pakistan that this series is a success and if anyone can make this work successfully then it surely must be Yorkshire.  I am extremely excited by the Yorkshire Cricket Mela which is a fantastic idea and I think a festival built around the Test Match is a great way of generating interest from both cricket supporters and members of the community generally.  I wish everyone involved every success with their efforts.”

The Yorkshire Cricket Mela will run during the period from 10th July to 20th July. Essentially it is a series of events to celebrate cricket, culture, diversity, community and commerce in the region and takes place ahead of this summer’s 2nd MCC Spirit of Cricket Test Match between Pakistan and Australia at the Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground (21st – 25th July 2010), which will be the first time a neutral Test Series has been played on English soil for 98 years.

This historic encounter is the only Pakistan home Test Match to be played outside of London and supporters from right across Yorkshire and the North of England are being urged to support the team when they visit Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground in Leeds.

The Yorkshire Cricket Mela will take place between 10th – 25th July 2010 in the build up to and during the Test Match. A host of major events will take place across the region as part of the Mela programme. Highlights include The Business of Sport Event, a national panel debate featuring high profile celebrity speakers, an exhibition at the Bradford Industrial Museum to celebrate the 107th anniversary of the Bradford Cricket League, the Business Link Eve of Test Match Dinner with special guest, Wasim Akram, at the Aagrah Mid Point restaurant and cook-off between Leeds City College and Bradford City College, which kicks off at the Leeds Loves Food Festival.

Stewart Regan said: “The Cricket Mela is a great way to mark the Test Match being in the north of England. Asian folk of Pakistani descent have a large presence in the demographic make-up of Yorkshire and indeed the entire North of England; the Mela is going to be a fantastic way to celebrate culture and diversity.

“The Mela will provide plenty of fun and educational activities for local businesses and folk living in the north of England and I’m really looking forward to it all kicking off. “

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club is offering Schools, Clubs and Community Organisations tickets to the Test Match for just £8 per junior ticket (16s and under) and one free adult ticket per 8 tickets purchased. Standard entry tickets are priced between £30 - £50 for adults and £15 for juniors.

The 2nd MCC Spirit of Cricket Test Match between Pakistan and Australia was secured for the region with the help of a number of key partners, which include: Leeds City Council, City of Bradford Metropolitan Council, Welcome to Yorkshire, Marketing Leeds and the host for the Test Match itself, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

The Mela supporters represent a wide range of sectors including education, business and community to ensure that the Yorkshire Cricket Mela will be broad in its appeal, these include: Business Link, Leeds Metropolitan University, University of Bradford, Leeds City College, ATL, Bradford College, Northern, Yorkshire Evening Post, Sunrise Radio, Yorkshire Cricket Board and Screen Yorkshire.

For more information, the Yorkshire Cricket Mela website (www.theyorkshirecricketmela.com) provides full details of all activities taking place as part of the Mela, together with details of how tickets can be obtained to see the historic match at Headingley.

The Yorkshire Cricket Mela is on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CricketMela) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/CricketMela).