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Pakistan train with Somerset Junior Members

Pakistan got their preparations for Wednesday’s ICC Cricket World Cup clash with Australia underway with a very special training session at County Ground Taunton on Sunday.

Pakistan were joined on the field by 40 Somerset Junior Members for the event which was organised in conjunction with the ICC, Somerset County Cricket Club and Somerset Cricket Board.

Over 200 Junior Members applied to take part, and the 40 who were chosen at random were treated to a session that they will never forget.

The entire Pakistan squad took part and joined the SCB coaches in delivering the event which saw the players actively participate in a number of fun skills and drills on the outfield.

The players then signed autographs for the children, who then played some mini-games on the field for a further 30 minutes.

After the event SCCC CEO, Andrew Cornish said: “Somerset County Cricket Club would like to express our thanks to Pakistan and the ICC for helping us to deliver this session. Every single player was an absolute credit to this game that we all love. They all took the time to engage with the children and ensured that these youngsters had a great time. I can’t speak highly enough of the Pakistan squad. They have been an absolute joy to work with since they arrived in Taunton.”

SCCC Media and Community Executive, Spencer Bishop said: “The event was an undoubted success. The players were absolutely outstanding and the children will remember this for a very long time. We staged a similar event with Pakistan in 2016 and once again they were truly exceptional. To see the squad working so closely and enthusiastically with our Junior Members was a heart-warming sight. Events like this are what makes cricket so special.

“I would also like to that Somerset Cricket Board for supplying the coaches for the session. They did a great job of ensuring that the event ran smoothly.”

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