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Twenty-year-old Zain Shahzad has been selected to join the MCC Young Cricketers next season after impressing MCC Head Coach, Mark Alleyne, during the 2012 Wisden City Cup competition.
Shahzad, who is from Walthamstow in East London and plays for Wanstead & Snaresbrook CC, is a medium-fast seam bowler and promising middle-lower order batsman.
Watch: MCC at the Wisden City Cup
This is the second year that MCC have worked with the WCC, and with only one contract up for grabs several youngsters were hoping they’d done enough to earn the prize, but it was Shahzad’s name that was announced following the conclusion of the WCC competition at Grace Road on Sunday.
Commenting on the selection, MCC Head Coach, Mark Alleyne, said:"I initially spotted Zain during the Wisden City Cup competition last summer, and since then I have tracked his progress on the club cricket circuit with Wanstead & Snaresbrook CC this season.
"It is encouraging to see how much he has progressed over the last twelve months, and his performances during the WCC this year have been very impressive.
"Ultimately however, Zain’s attitude and perseverance sealed the deal, and I look forward to working with him next year, as he makes the next step in his cricketing development."
The announcement was made following the conclusion of a 20-over match between the YCs and a London-Leicester Combined WCC XI at Leicestershire CCC’s Grace Road ground on Sunday 16th September.
In a one-sided contest the YCs secured victory by 73 runs, scoring 183 for 4 before restricting their opponents to 110 for 6. Earlier in the day Leicester defeated London South in the second Wisden City Cup Final by two wickets.
A new MCC Young Cricketers film has also been released, illustrating what the YCs programme is, and the potential role it can play for the development of ambitious young players.