A school has paid tribute to a former pupil who has excelled on his international cricketing debut.
Ex-Stamford School pupil Shan Masood struck 75 runs on his Test debut for Pakistan against South Africa on Wednesday.
Shan, 24, opened the batting in the first Test match in the series in Abu Dhabi and hit eight fours in his innings, helping his team to a total of 442. Pakistan won the match by seven wickets yesterday.
Shan left Stamford School three years ago and his legacy at the school as a cricketer still lives on. During his time he became the second highest run scorer in England school cricket and set a Stamford School record with a batting average of 103 runs per game.
His incredible achieve-ment was mentioned in Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2010.
School headteacher Will Phelan said: “Very few cricketers have the opportunity to play for their country, and we at Stamford School are proud to have been part of his journey.
“I know that Shan greatly enjoyed his time as a boarder at Stamford School and the staff who worked with Shan are particularly proud of his success.”
Stamford School coach and former England cricketer Dean Headley said: “Opening the batting in Test match cricket is all about temperament and dealing with pressure.
“The South Africans are a pretty tough bunch. That’s a very promising start for a debut.”
The final Test of the two match series starts on Wednesday next week in Dubai.