A PROFESSIONAL cricketer who is battling back from injuries suffered in a tragic car crash is to use his recovery time for good – by trying to boost relations in the area between British and Asian communities.
Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton is currently battling back from the leg injuries he sustained in a car crash in Caldwell Road, near Drakelow, in April – a smash which claimed the life of his father, Keith, from Rosliston.
Unable to play for Derbyshire County Cricket Club for the rest of the season, he is now throwing all his energy into bringing the two communities together via the game.
He said: “The circumstances are tragic, but I’ve got to put my energy elsewhere and I’m more than happy to be helping the club in any way I can.
“We have an exciting prospect with India coming this summer, and it’s great to be so heavily involved in making it successful for the club and the British Indian community.”
Mr Poynton is chairing a high-flying group of advisors tasked with grasping the opportunity to welcome and engage the British Indian population to play, attend and follow cricket in Derbyshire when a full-strength India Test squad travels to the area in July.
Community partnerships are already being formed – from businesses coming forward to supply food, sell tickets and promote the game through to schools giving youngsters the chance to play Kwik Cricket on the same field as their heroes.
Mr Poynton added: “We’ve made tremendous progress already.
“More importantly, we are looking to leave a long-term legacy of supporters coming back to enjoy their local county cricket club.”
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 1 to 3, the India Test squad will face Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground in a three-day match.
Mr Poynton’s India Club has been launched to try to change relations between Cricket Derbyshire and the county’s 25,000-strong British and South Asian community
He said: “By creating the India Club we aim to welcome new members who love cricket and are keen to meet others in a relaxed and welcoming setting.”