Zoheb Sharif excels during British Universities Tour of South Africa

Published: 8 June 2007 at 14:56

Zoheb Sharif, a third year Criminology student at Anglia Ruskin University's Cambridge campus, has met the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Michael Thorne, to report on his success as a result of his recent selection for the British Universities cricket tour of South Africa. He was the only member of the Cambridge University Centre of Cricketing Excellence (UCCE) squad to have been selected for this accolade.

He is an Anglia Ruskin University Sports Scholar, receiving regular help with his sporting expenses from a sporting fund, and has been since he first registered as a student on 2004. To celebrate his achievements and to help defray additional expenses from the South Africa Tour, the Sports Scholarship Committee, in association with the Anglia Trust, awarded Zoheb an additional travel scholarship of £500.

Commenting on his success Anglia Ruskin University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Thorne said:

“It was an absolute pleasure to meet up with such a young and talented cricketer and hear the news of his achievements on and following the recent tour.”

“The fact that students like Zoheb can combine their very high sporting potential with degree level study means that they are assured of success when they leave Anglia Ruskin either within their chosen sport or within other sectors of business or society.”

“These sporting students are immensely gifted and we are very proud to have each and every one of them here at Anglia Ruskin University.”

Within days of his return, Zoheb was playing at Lords in a 3 day match for the MCC. This was the opening match of the first class cricket season and is traditionally between the previous year's county champions and a team selected by the MCC. Ten of the MCC players were England A team players. As the MCC is responsible for management of the UCCEs it selects as the eleventh player the most promising cricketer from all the six UCCEs, and this year the player was Zoheb Sharif.

Zoheb, performed consistently well with both bat and ball throughout the tour, particularly with the ball. His leg spin gained respect from the team and the opposition. The highlight of the tour was a first day win versus a strong South African Under 19 team. In that game he was awarded the man of the match from the opposition coach Ray Jennings (former SA player and coach) for his 2 for 28 off 10 overs.

In the MCC v County Champions Zoheb scored a second innings 44 in a drawn match and shared a partnership of over 100 with England batsman Owais Shah.