On Thursday 25th September Nasser Hussain (the ex-England Cricket Captain) attended a Gala Dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Geneva organised by Gingins Cricket Club in aid of the Club and the Chance to Dream charity.
During the dinner, Nasser was interviewed by WRS’ Australian DJ, Tony Johnston. Tony asked a series of probing and interesting questions, which Nasser fielded with grace, agility and a genuine openness.
The evening was a resounding success. There were about 90 people in attendance an the evening raised CHF 9,400 to be split between the Gingins Cricket Club and the Charity. Gingins aim to make this an annual event.
Maybe Nasser will agree tovisit again, or maybe we can secure the presence of another inspiring cricket personality to the shores of Lake Geneva.
The following day Gingins CC held a training and chat session from 12.30 – 2pm with about 20 youngsters from the Gingins Cricket Club in attendance.
The boys were representative of all the age groups (from U7 to U17) and had to cut a bit of school to be there, for which I am certain Nasser was grateful. Even a few of the parents missed a bit of office time to be there.
Nasser batted a while, giving feedback and sharing some friendly banter to the bowlers charging in, some with a sandwich in one hand and a bit in their cheek. Maybe they tried to intimidate the
former test batsman with over 5000 runs to his name. Claiming that he could retire on his highest score ever achieved in Switzerland (with a self-acclaimed strike rate of somewhere between
400-600), he took up a position behind the stumps at the bowler’s end.
With a watchful eye, and some encouraging words, he pointed out some adjustments to be made in stance and shot selection of the club’s batsmen.
Nasser also spent time with the club’s younger players involving them in a game of catch, helping them with their technique of watching the ball into their hands. During this time, and just before Nasser headed off to the airport, photos were snapped and autographs sought. When it was all said and done, the boys welcomed Nasser into the Gingins Cricket Club as an honorary member (maybe he could come in at #3) and he received his green cap.