Monday, July 26th, 2021


Kadeer Ali is relishing working in tandem again with Alan Richardson in helping to oversee the Worcestershire Rapids Royal London Cup campaign.

Worcestershire Second Eleven Coach Kadeer was previously a Performance Coach at local rivals Warwickshire, where Richardson was Bowling Coach.

Now the pair are back side-by-side for the Royal London One-Day Cup.

The Rapids continue their campaign against Gloucestershire – a County Kadeer played for after leaving Worcestershire – at Bristol on Tuesday.

Kadeer said: “I really enjoyed being around the T20 squad, really enjoyed it, and now it’s great to work closely with Alan.

“We go back a long time, and it is nice to work together in the 50 over competition and great to get off to a winning start (against Kent).

“When I was one of the performance coaches at Warwickshire, Alan would come down as Bowling Coach and work a lot with the Academy and EPP bowlers every Tuesday and Thursday.

“If I was working with some young bowlers, Alan would be watching and observing, and we shared some thoughts and ideas.”

Assistant Coach-Bowling Coach Richardson said: “Kadeer was heavily involved with the white ball side last year and again this year and is such a valued member.

“He knows a lot of the players now, has worked with a several of the guys who are going to be involved in the One-Day Cup in his role as Seconds Coach.

“He has such a vast knowledge, is very relaxed, very laidback, very positive, and it is nice to work with him.”

Kadeer is delighted with the young blood at New Road, including Josh Baker and Jacques Banton, being given an opportunity, while Worcestershire CCC five players are part of The Hundred.

Baker and Banton both featured against Kent and, between them, bowled 14 tidy overs.

He said: “It is exciting times for the younger lads because, in normal circumstances, it is hard to get into our 50 over team.

“With four or five lads going into The Hundred, it has allowed them to come in and show us what they can do slightly earlier than what they probably expected.

“For us as well, it’s a chance to see them under pressure in some proper, competitive cricket.

“You want the younger lads stepping up and for us to see ‘can they do well at the next level?’, and for them to come and show us what they can do.”