Wanstead & Snaresbrook Cricket Club to visit Jamaica to help Courtney Walsh Foundation

Club captain Arfan Akram in action

Club captain Arfan Akram in action

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A cricket club will play in a Jamaican prison as part of a tour to raise money for a charitable foundation set up by a former international star.

Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club fly out to the Caribbean island on February 14 where they will play against several local teams in aid of the Courtney Walsh Foundation before flying home on February 25.

Fourteen of the club’s players will be accompanied on the tour by five members of club staff and seven family members.

Among the matches the club will play is one against a team of convicts

Arfan Akram, 29, the club’s captain, said: “I went out there in 2010 and played in the prison.

“It’s a massive adrenalin buzz. The lads will be in a caged pitch in front of 2,000 inmates and there will be armed guards watching them.

"It’s quite an experience and you’ve got to be up for it!”

The Courtney Walsh Foundation promotes cricket as a means of self development among disadvantaged young people.

The club have raised much of the money to go on the tour themselves but have also received a donation from Loughton based construction company Ark PLC.

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