Cricket survives downpours

Manoj Parmar (seated third from right) with the academy
Manoj Parmar (seated third from right) with the academy

More than 50 young cricketers are refusing to let rain stop play as they enjoy an indoor coaching course.

MP Academy, run by former first-class cricketer Manoj Parmar, is two weeks into a 10-week camp for children aged six-16 at Lord Williams’s School.

Manoj, 46, said: “What is good about cricket indoors is the ball comes back off the wall. You get to play more.

“We then have more time for the coaching so we work on the back foot when you’re batting one week and the front foot the next.”

Manoj, who played for Saurashtra in north west India for 11 years until 2001, is taking eight young cricketers to his home country for a tour at the end of February.

He said: “They will learn how to play against spin bowlers and see a different culture.

“They will also see that there is little opportunity for kids to play. They are lucky.”

After his career as a right-handed batsman and wicket keeper, Manoj is proud to now help the development of children in England.

Miles Hammond, 18, who was coached by Manoj five years ago, is representing England U19s at next month’s World Cup in Dubai.

Manoj said: “I never had the good teaching so I now want to do so.”