09:00AM, Friday 30 April 2021
Afghanistan international Ibrahim Zadran is set to become Boyne Hill’s overseas player this summer, subject to the player receiving the appropriate work permits and visa.
Zadran is yet to arrive in the UK and captain Tom Mellor admitted he isn’t the club’s first choice. However, he’s delighted to be giving him the opportunity to play and coach in the UK and believes he’ll be a talented performer for Hill.
The 19-year-old, who will also coach the colts and senior sides, has played in two u19s World Cups for Afghanistan and also represented his country in four test matches.
While the process to bring him to the UK hasn’t been straight-forward, Mellor is confident their efforts will be worth it.
“He’s not here yet,” said Mellor.
“It’s a bit unfortunate and it’s taking a while with Visas.
“I don’t think there’s a problem but it’s just a lot of red tape to go through.
“We had a couple of people who agreed to come and then they dropped out so this was a very last-minute thing, but the calibre of player he is, he should be very, very good.
“It’s also nice to give someone a chance from a completely different country.
“We’ve had Australians, Sri Lankans and Pakistanis before so it’s nice to give an opportunity to someone from somewhere different.”
With Covid restrictions still in place, the club house remains off limits for the time being.
However, the club is now offering a limited bar service from its kitchen window on Friday evenings and Saturdays from 4pm.
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