Jas Jassal BEM is the Co-founder Asian Cricket Awards, Director Inventive Sports and Vice-Chairman Concorde Rangers FC. Jas has spent over ten years coaching football teams and providing pathways for youth development in sport. He was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in 2014 with the British Empire Medal for this community service and featured on the Cabinet Office short video promoting community engagement. The Asian Cricket Awards and Asian Football Awards were created to inspire future generations in sport by recognising and celebrating the achievements of Asians in UK sport today.

Qasim has been instrumental in setting up Lancashire County Cricket Club’s  acclaimed ‘South Asian Talent Search’ programme which has given the opportunity to children from the South Asian communities in Lancashire to get into cricket clubs where they are underrepresented. The success of these programmes will be expanded into other areas within the region. Qasim is also the Head Coach of the England physical disability squad and has also been key in leading on the Club’s programmes for cricketers with disabilities.

Shahidul Ratan is a former Bangladesh cricket player and national coach. He is the only British Bangladeshi ECB Level 3 coach. A leading cricket charity, Capital Kids Cricket brought him over to the UK to inspire, develop and grow cricket in East London. He is an inspirational Asian who makes a huge impact through his skills, knowledge and experience to Asian communities particularly in London over the past 6 years. He worked in schools as a coach directly engaging with over 1000 children and has used his great mentoring skills to inspire over 20 coaches to gain UKCC Level 1 qualifications and 15 coaches to gain UKCC L2 qualification. Under his guidance, he has developed three coaches who are currently working full time for Middlesex & Surrey Cricket Boards and most of the others are working as sessional coaches across London. He is one of the founders of Tower Hamlets Cricket Club, West Ham Cricket Club and London Tigers Southall CC. He set up number of creative projects: the Asian Community cricket league, T20 Asian Premier league, London International 6 a side competition, Victoria Park community Sunday league (this become later Middlesex Community cricket league), Multi faith cricket festival etc. The new Middlesex community Cricket League in East London provides structured cricket to young Asian people in East London.

The Club Cricket Conference has appointed a manager to help drive forward the biggest changes in its history. He is Gulfraz Riaz, who becomes interim development manager on 13 March and takes day-to-day charge of CCC operations and future plans. Mr Riaz, 40, is a longstanding member of Watford Town CC, where he is a past club captain and the founder of the junior section, which now puts out 12 teams. A level two coach and a former player for Hertfordshire U19s, he has made significant contributions to recent community-wide cricket initiatives in Watford and South Hertfordshire. His career has been in retail banking and in lettings management. The CCC, founded in 1915 and with a membership of 1,000 south east clubs and leagues, is currently working to increase its range of web-based and other services to clubs, to build new partnerships across cricket, and to extend its coverage nationally. Its chair, Alf Langley, said: ‘Gulfraz has all the qualifications and enthusiasm to fulfil the role.’