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Kia Oval named after former Bangladeshi cricketer for a day

The Kia Oval in London has been named after former Bangladeshi wicket-keeper batsman Shahidul Alam Ratan for 24 hours in honour of his services during the pandemic.

The National Lottery recognised Ratan’s works in the COVID-19 pandemic, when he made sure the underprivileged children had the remained involved in cricket.

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Ratan is a chief executive of Capital Kids Cricket, who works for the children with difficulties.

On the 14th December (Monday), Kia Oval was renamed as ‘The Kia Shahidul Alam Ratan Oval’.

“It is brilliant news to be recognised with this honour and it means a lot. This may bring some light to the charity and people like me who want to make a change, who want to go the extra mile to help people who need it,” Ratan said.

“To have a prestigious stadium like The Kia Oval named after me is a huge honour in the cricketing world, not only here in the UK. I would like to thank Surrey Cricket as well.

“Without funding, we can’t do anything. The National Lottery are a very generous funder.

“We work across London but we do a lot of coaching in Newham, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Westminster and Camden – then some bits in Hammersmith & Fulham and Ealing.

“As soon as we found out about going into lockdown, I had a call with our coaches and said we must make sure we keep things going.

“We have three or four clubs we look after and we told our coaches to set up activities within a home environment. Show the kids what they can do with batting, bowling and fielding within their home – in living rooms, small backyards or alleyways between houses.

“After two weeks, we decided to introduce a virtual challenge and competitive element. It was very simple challenges like keepie-uppies with the bat and ball, seeing how many times they could keep the ball up in the air, or juggling with two or three cricket balls.

“Once we finished that competition, we’d started to establish a connection with clubs around the world. We then wanted to do something simple to connect with those clubs and even more people.”

Ratan represented Bangladesh during the ’80s and ’90s, Bangladesh’s pre-Test era.

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