Students from the University of Northampton were treated to free tickets for Pakistan’s international cricket team’s one-day warm up match in the town.
Spectators from the University saved £15 on the ticket price for the tourists’ fixture with Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, which took place on Monday 29 April, thanks to a kind gesture from the County Ground outfit.
Amongst the students taking advantage of the deal, were members of the University’s cricket society and some students from Pakistan.
One of those taking advantage of the offer was MBA student, Rana Fuzail Aamir, who is originally from Pakistan.
He said: “I have loved cricket since childhood and watching Pakistan play Northants at the Wantage Road cricket stadium, was an experience I will not forget soon.
“What a day it was watching Northants’ Cobb smashing a career best, taking the team to 273/6, whereas, Fakhar Zaman knocked a hundred from just 77 balls, leading Pakistan to victory. Brilliant.”
Students were also treated to free entry to the Steelbacks’ games in the recent Royal London One Day Cup.
The club’s marketing manager, Daniel Vernon, said: “It was great to welcome students to the County Ground for our Royal London One Day Cup matches and tourist match v the Pakistan national team.
“This is the first time we have offered free entry to UON students and, with both the County Ground and University at the heart of our community, we hope to continue building these links.
“For some visiting, it was their first taste of first-class cricket and with great feedback from those that attended, we hope to inspire a new generation of Steelbacks and look forward to welcoming them back to the County Ground very soon.”
Students will be able to gain free entry to the tourist match against Australia A on Thursday 20 June, on production of a valid UON ID card.
Northants’ fixtures for the 2019 season can be found on the club website.