A mural depicting Yorkshire, England and Northern Superchargers bowler, Adil Rashid, has been unveiled in his home city of Bradford.
With just two days to go before the first Northern Superchargers game as part of brand new cricket competition, The Hundred, the mural showcases Rashid’s iconic bowling action and takes pride of place at his local cricket ground, Bradford Park Avenue.
Rashid commented on the mural: “It’s an honour to have this amazing piece of artwork created, especially in a ground that means so much to me personally. I’ve spent many hours in the nets here and working with the team, hopefully this inspires the next generation of talent from the local area.
“The first Northern Superchargers game is this weekend and I’m really excited to bring this brand new format of the game to both existing fans and those new to the sport.”
The Hundred is a brand new sports competition launching this summer. It fuses blockbuster entertainment with world-class cricket, inviting everyone to fall in love with the game.??
Combining a new short, fast format of cricket, with each game lasting less than three hours, and incredible entertainment beyond sport, The Hundred aims to make cricket more accessible to reach a broader audience. It’s simple: 100 balls per team, most runs wins, and every ball counts.??
The Hundred will feature eight brand new teams?from seven?cities across England and Wales, with men’s and women’s competitions taking place side by side.
The team based in Leeds, ‘Northern Superchargers’, will play four home games at Emerald Headingley from 24 July, with key players like world-cup winners Ben Stokes, Lauren Winfield-Hill and master bowler, Adil Rashid.
Imogen Ward, Fan Engagement Manager at The Hundred, said: “Adil is a well-known name in the sport and one of Bradford’s greatest sporting heroes, so we wanted to celebrate him in style with the creation of this stunning artwork. We know the players here are going to love seeing it at the ground. Hopefully it can inspire people across the Bradford community, and we hope they’ll be backing the Northern Superchargers this summer.”
Nasa Hussain, Head Groundsman at Bradford Park Avenue Cricket Ground, added: “We are very proud to unveil this mural at Bradford Park Avenue. Adil is an icon in the area and this is a fantastic tribute to somebody who has had such a positive impact on the local community. There is a lot of cricketing talent in the area already and hopefully Adil representing the Northern Superchargers in the new ‘The Hundred’ competition will inspire more children in the area to take up the sport.”