An interesting cricket match between English cricket fans against British-Pakistani cricket fans will take place in Birmingham just prior to Pakistan’s first test match against England next month.
It will be a game for the Edgbaston Fans Trophy where the Barmy Army will take on the newly established National Asian Cricket Council (NACC) in a T20 encounter at Attock Cricket Club on Jult 13th.
Neil Snowball, the chief executive of Edgbaston Stadium said that the game will give a better exposure to fans and it will encourage the atmosphere of unity among fans from both these sides.
“Edgbaston has been working closely with both supporter groups for several years and, with excitement building towards the start of the Investec Series, we wanted to give a greater profile to fans,” he said.
“The sport is able to unite people from different cultures and beliefs from around the world. We’re thrilled to be the architects of this first competitive match between England and Pakistan fans, and hope that this is something we can repeat for future series,” he added.
The National Asian Cricket Council is created by Club Cricket Conference to make sure that the British fans with Asian ethnicity get proper representation within the recreational game.
“Cricket embraces and promotes all that is great about integrating different communities on and off the pitch,” Gulfraz Riaz, NACC lead spokesperson, said.
“We look forward to a well-spirited match, and I urge fans from all communities to come and support what promises to be a great day,” he added.
The founder and the managing director of Barmy Army, Paul Burnham said, “We are really excited about this game and expect it to be a fun-packed evening of cricket and fundraising. Hopefully, this will be the first of many such fixtures, and we can start welcoming many more British Asians to join the Barmy Army Supporters Club.”