Anuj Dal - England U15
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Anuj Dal, aged 17 and a student at Nottingham High School, has enjoyed a very successful cricketing career with Nottinghamshire CCC.
A highly motivated and talented cricketer, Anuj first played with the Notts U11 age group team at the age of 9. He followed the development pathway from the Notts age group teams to the Emerging Player Programme and now with the Notts Academy. More recently, he represented the Midlands regional U15s & U17s teams and following his success at the 2011 Bunbury festival, Anuj was invited to join the U17s England Development Programme. In 2012, Anuj was a leading contributor to the Notts U17s becoming National champions in the 2-day format of the game.
Having made his Notts 2nd XI debut against Yorkshire in 2013, Anuj hopes to consolidate his development with the Notts 2nd XI in 2014 and pursue a professional cricketing career. He is currently on tour to Barbados with the Notts 1st team squad. Anuj attributes his success to the professional coaching set-up at Notts CCC and the many opportunities provided by the club to accelerate his development. He says, 'I thoroughly enjoyed my 8 year journey through the Notts Youth teams and encourage every youngster with a passion for cricket to get involved with the Notts youth set-up at an early stage in their development'.
Anuj's early exposure to cricket was through playing Sunday Kwik Cricket for the ICCA CC. The ICCA, an active participant in the Nottingham City District League, provided Anuj the avenue to competitive hardball cricket against other Nottingham City based clubs; he played at every age group in the City District League over a seven year period. His passion for cricket was such that he also played for Kimberley CC and Underwood CC in the Nottingham and Mansfield Youth leagues respectively.
Anuj Dal, ICCA's leading youth cricketer, was recently selected for the four year England Elite Player Development Programme for the U16s. His selection followed successful performances at England's leading U15 tournament, The Bunbury Festival. This week long festival was held in July at Monmouth school in Wales with four Regional teams competing against each other in three 50 over and two 20/20 games.
The four Regional teams were North, Midlands, South & West and London & East with each team represented by the best 14 county players within the respective regions.
Anuj was selected to represent Midlands Region, the eventual tournament winners. He also scooped the most stylish batting award for his performances.
Following the completion of the Bunbury Festival, the England development selectors picked the best 12 boys to enrol into the England development programme starting in September 2011. This programme involves rigorous training over a four year period at the England High Performance Centre in Loughborough University.