Wednesday, January 17th, 2024


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Worcestershire Head Coach Alan Richardson believes Kashif Ali’s current spell of four-day cricket in the President’s Trophy in Pakistan is a vital part of his cricketing education.

The middle order batter is playing a series of matches for Ghani Glass and helped them climb to second in the table ahead of the current game with WAPDA in Karachi.

It is his first spell of four-day cricket since his superb 93 for Worcestershire in the County Championship promotion clinching match with Yorkshire at Headingley.

Kashif has already scored a crucial half century to help earn a last day draw against Sui Northern and has returned to action after a bout of illness for a possible three games in three weeks.

Richardson said: “I keep banging the drum but I love the fact that guys are going away. For someone like Kashif to go and play at such a high standard, in different conditions against some high quality players, is fantastic.

“It is a lot of cricket in a condensed period of time, a four-dayer every week, but just a magnificent opportunity.

“He is surrounded by some really good players and facing some high quality players. For him, as part of his education and his journey, it is absolutely vital.

“It’s four or five-dayers as part of his learning and we can’t underestimate that. When that opportunity came up, he had to take it.

“Kash loves his cricket, he is very passionate, and will never step away from an opportunity to play or practice.

“I knew, as soon as he mentioned it, he was always going to take this opportunity.”