Liesl Ah Shene
GRADE 6 Malabar Primary pupil Numair Khan had the rare privilege of being the KFC Mini-Cricket ambassador at the recent Mini Cricket Provincial Festival at the St George’s Cricket Stadium.
The 10-year-old had the honour, as the ambassador, of tossing the coin when the Chevrolet Warriors played the Nashua Titans at the Ram Slam T20 Challenge match on February 22.
Numair, who is the U13 captain of his KFC Mini Cricket team, also had the opportunity to meet a few of his cricketing heroes like Davy Jacobs and Makhaya Ntini of the Chevrolet Warriors, as well as Henry Davids of the Nashua Titans.
“It was such a great experience for me. I was so excited when I heard I was chosen. It was a nice feeling,” he said.
According to Numair, his friends were not jealous when they heard the news. However, they did beg him for the opportunity to join him at the match.
“I was allowed to take seven friends with me, so everyone was saying ‘please, please take me with’, ” he said.
According to Numair, he has been playing cricket since he was three. He believes he got his love of cricket from his father Naqsood, who said since the family was originally from Pakistan, cricket was in their blood.
His brother, Uzair, 9, who is the captain of his cricket team at Malabar Primary, also shares the love of the sport.
“They love playing so much that I have lots of broken windows around my house,” laughed Naqsood.
A proud father, he said he supports his family in whatever they want to do or accomplish.
The family have truly made the game a family sport and play together almost every Sunday. Although Numair also enjoys soccer, his true passion is for cricket because he says it is a “gentleman’s game”.