We are delighted to welcome the Surrey County Cricket Club Captain as our latest brand ambassador. Gareth has played 253 first-class matches in his illustrious career to date, for his native Yorkshire, Worcestershire, his current club Surrey, and of course, England. On top of this, he has played 257 list A matches and 144 T20s.
The evergreen Yorkshireman, and self-confessed cricket ’nuffy’ has lost none of the fire in his belly, and still plays the game with the same passion and competitive spirit he did when he made his first-class debut in 1997. Being around him, his love for the game is obvious. He shares our ethos that grass roots cricket is the most important level of cricket that exists. He, like us, is adamant that the future of the game must be looked after, and that the next generation must be encouraged and given the opportunity to participate in cricket in order to preserve and improve the future of our wonderful game. This is what makes him the perfect fit with Ganador, and we look forward to a long association with Gareth.
Welcome aboard Bats!
Punam Ganesh Raut (born 14 October 1989) is a cricketer who has played cricket for the India Women’s team in all 3 formats of the game, in her career to date, playing in over 50 Women’s ODIs and 30 T20 internationals.
On 15 May 2017, in a WODI verses Ireland, Raut set a world record opening partnership of 320 runs with Deepti Sharma, contributing 109. This beat both the standing women’s record of 229 (by Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins of England) and the standing men’s record in ODIs of 286 (by Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka).
Raut was part of the Indian team to reach the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup where the team finished runners-up to England by nine runs. We were delighted to see Punam wearing our helmet throughout the tournament, as it was our first exposure at a national level, and we look forward to providing her with her headgears for many years to come.
Welcome aboard Punam!
Noor Ali Zadran
Noor Ali Zadran is a right-hand batsman and right-arm medium pacer, currently a part of the Afghan cricket team. He cites Ricky Ponting as his inspiration and cricketing hero. Ali made his international debut for the Afghnistan U-17 team against UAE in 2004. Ali made his Twenty20 debut for Afghanistan in the 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup against Oman.
Ali was a part of the rapidly rising Afghan team from 2008 to 2009 when it was promoted to Division Two allowing them to participate in the 2009 World Cup qualifiers. He made his List A debut in the qualifiers against Denmark. In the Super Eights, he scored 122 against Canada. Later the same year, he made his ODI debut for Afghanistan against Scotland and scored 45 runs in his first match.
Ali’s first-class debut also came in 2009 against Zimbabwe XI and he scored a century on debut. In Afghanistan’s second innings, Ali followed up his heroics in the first innings by hitting exactly a hundred and remaining unbeaten when the match was declared a draw. During Afghanistan’s 2009 Netherlands tour, Ali made a brilliant 50 in the second innings that helped his team to a one wicket victory over the opposition. He continued performing at the first-class level in the Intercontinental Cup.
He made his T20I debut in the 2010 Quadrangular Twenty20 Series in Sri Lanka. Following that he was a part of Afghanistan’s victorious 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier winning squad. In the same year, he made his maiden ODI century against Canada hitting 114 in Sharjah. Since then, Ali has been an integral part of both the ODI and T20I teams for Afghanistan.
We are delighted that he will be wearing our helmet as he continues to facilitate Afghanistan’s rise and rise on the international stage.
Welcome aboard Noor!
Saba Nasim BEM
Saba started playing club cricket for Wanstead CC in 2009. She is a medium pace bowler and a hard-hitting middle order bat. She also plays representative cricket for the Club Cricket Conference & the MCC. She is captain of the newly formed Essex 2nd XI Women’s county side since 2017.
Saba is also an ECB Level 2 Coach and works for Essex County Cricket Board & the Chance to Shine charity to increase participation for females at the grassroots level. Since May 2013 she has coached over 1000 young people and runs her successful girls only cricket project in both Newham & Redbridge boroughs.
Saba is a shining star in the work that she does in and around her community for cricket in East London. For her work in the community, she has been decorated with many awards – none of which are from a more illustrious source as Queen Elizabeth II when in January 2017, she received a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for Services to Cricket and Young People in London. Below is a list of the awards that have been bestowed upon her, a list that we at Ganador have no doubt will get longer. We are delighted to support such an upstanding and inspirational human being. Welcome to Team Ganador Saba!
- Received the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for Services to Cricket & Young People in London, January 2017
- Asian Achievers Awards Community Service Award Winner, September 2017
- Chance to Shine Coach of the Year, November 2016
- Points of Light Award from PM David Cameron, February 2016
- All Out Cricket Magazine Coach of the Year, November 2015
- Asian Cricket Awards Coach of the Year, October 2015
- Essex County Cricket Board Coach of the Year, September 2015
- ECB Coach of the Year, April 2015
Danny came on board as a brand ambassador shortly before he was offered a role as our Digital Media Executive. As a youngster, Danny was an all-rounder, and he played alongside Vice President Kamal Prabharkar’s late son, Amit for England Schools South U15s in 1992 whilst representing Hertfordshire, before crossing the border to Essex. He won the Jack Bartlam trophy for the Essex U19 player of the year after a successful Championship winning campaign in 1996. That earned him a professional contract for Essex where he made a handful of first team appearances in a spell disrupted by back surgery, the highlight being a dream debut against South Africa ‘A’ in 1996 where he took 2-40 off his 8 overs followed by an unbeaten 52.
A Minor Counties career followed, playing for both Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire, but ongoing back problems limited his bowling over time, and he hung up the bowling boots for good in 2011. Now a prolific top-order batsman, Danny will be promoting the Ganador brand playing for his club team, Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire whilst promoting the Ganador ethos through his role as Digital Media Executive.
Welcome aboard Danny!
Clayton Floyd (21) is a fantastic all-round prospect who plays for South Africa’s highest ranked club side Assupol TUKS in Pretoria. Clayton is a left-arm spin bowling all-rounder who moved back to South Africa from New Zealand early in 2015 after securing his place at the prestigious TUKS Academy.
Prior to his move back to his place of birth, he made quite in impression in both Indoor and outdoor cricket in New Zealand. He excelled in the Indoor format in particular, representing New Zealand to their successful Under-17 World Cup campaign in 2012. In 2014, he starred for New Zealand at the Under-19 World Cup, as they finished second to Australia. Clayton was named Player of the Tournament culminating with World 8 Tournament selection.
In the same year, he played for the Auckland Under-19 outdoor team and despite a hip injury, which hampered his season, he finished second on the wicket charts only 1 wicket shy of the leader who featured in 7 more matches. His success resulted in New Zealand Under-19 outdoor selection, but due to his relocation back to South Africa he had to decline the opportunity.
Floyd is determined to make a name for himself in South Africa and push for amateur provincial, then Franchise honours, or indeed, over here in Europe, as he holds a Dutch passport and we are proud that he has chosen Ganador to help him achieve his dream of playing first-class cricket.
Welcome aboard Floydy!
In club cricket, his exploits earned him a first XI debut at the tender age of 13 for Old Parkonians in Essex, also winning the British Tamil Cricket League (BTCL) Young Player of the Year whilst playing for Redbridge in 2016 aged 14. Keep an eye out for Ryan, as we feel he has a bright future in the game, and we at Ganador will be right behind him as he looks to emulate his favourite player, the legendary Kumar Sangakkara.
Welcome aboard Ryan!