18 year old Dipayan Paul has been selected to join the MCC Young Cricketers (YCs) next season after impressing MCC Head Coach, Mark Alleyne, during the Wisden City Cup (WCC) competition.
Paul, who is from Limehouse in East London and plays for Blackheath CC, is an off-break bowler, hard-hitting middle order batsman and excellent fielder. He is believed to be the first cricketer of Bangladeshi origin to become a full-time professional in Britain.
This was the first year that MCC have worked with the WCC, and with only one contract up for grabs several youngsters were hoping they’d done enough to earn the prize, but it was Paul’s name that was announced by Alleyne on Sunday.
“I’m very excited” said the youngster upon hearing the news. “It feels very, very good to be chosen. I felt really tense in the morning because I knew how important a day this was but just wanted to try my best and hope something good would happen.”
“I’ve just finished college and now can’t wait to get started – I’ve dreamed of being a professional cricketer since I was a small boy and now I’ve taken the first step.”
Mark Alleyne said that Paul ticked all the right boxes:
“We thought that, not just today, but over the whole Wisden City Cup competition, he has impressed us most – and turned in the most consistent performances.
“He fits in well in terms of what we are looking for – and for the balance of our side. We haven’t got depths and depths of spin bowling talent and I like how he bowls and he’s no slouch with the bat either.
“It’s a good all-round package – he’ll fit in well. We’ll look after what he’s doing during the winter and then he’ll join us next March. We are preparing guys to go into the First Class game and he’s the perfect age to go on and do that.”
Allyene made the announcement following the conclusion of a 20-over match between the YCs and a London-Leicester Combined WCC XI at Grace Road on Sunday 11 September. In a close contest the YCs edged to victory by just eight runs, scoring 122 for 8 before restricting their opponents to 114 for 6. Dipayan Paul had been instrumental in restricting the YCs total – taking two wickets and conceding only ten runs in his four overs. Earlier in the day Leicester defeated London in the first Wisden City Cup Final by three wickets, off the last ball.
Notes to editors:
The Wisden City Cup, designed to promote inner-city cricket and social cohesion, has been staged in London under the auspices of Middlesex County Cricket Club since 2009. Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Board launched an equivalent WCC competition in Leicester this summer.
The MCC Young Cricketers programme demonstrates MCC’s determination to foster new talent and maintain its reputation as the world’s most active cricket-playing club. The YCs are provided with world-class facilities and top coaching at Lord’s, with the team competing in the Second Eleven Championship and the Second Eleven Trophy. Recent alumni include Darren Sammy (West Indies), Ross Taylor (New Zealand) and Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire).
For further information on the Wisden City Cup, visit http://www.wisdencitycup.com/
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