Kai Smith

Kings School Canterbury, Sandwich Town CC

Kai has represented the UAE in two U19 World Cups, including the 2022 edition earlier this year. Kai made his 2nd XI debut in 2021 and backed this up with several promising showings in the 2nd XI in 2022.

Kai made his senior 1st XI debut in 2022 in the Royal London Cup, including a couple of eye-catching innings and fielding displays with a top-score of 29 not out against Nottinghamshire in August.

Sinel Gunarathne

KES Birmingham, Kidderminster CC

Sinel is a right handed batsman who also bowls off spin and is a highly talented fielder. Sinel made his 2nd XI debut in 2022 and in his first year with Birmingham League outfit Kidderminster, he scored over 500 runs with two centuries.

He enjoyed an excellent 2021 season, scoring 872 runs for the pathway teams and taking a starring role at the Bunbury Festival at which he was among the award-winners.

Isaac Mohammed

Ninestiles Academy, Hampton & Solihull CC

Isaac is a promising all-rounder who made his debut for the 2nd XI in the 2022 season at the tender age of just 14. The left-handed batter was selected for the Midlands region for the Bunbury Festival, but unfortunately his season was curtailed by injury.


Tazeem Ali

Moseley School, Smethwick CC

Tazeem made his 2nd XI debut at the age of 14 in 2020, and has since made several senior appearances, as well as represent Holland at U19 level.

Tazeem was a valuable member of Birmingham Premier League champions Smethwick in 2022. A right handed wrist spinner who is quickly developing as a batter, took 26 league wickets, including 5/24 on the final day of the season when the team lifted the trophy.

George Maddy

Arnold Lodge School, Knowle & Dorridge CC

A talented left-handed batter and wicket-keeper, George made his debuts in the 2022 season for senior side going on to make his first team debut in the Royal London Cup. He also represented the Midlands region at the ECB Super Fours Festival in August.

One of the many highlights in 2022 was a century, 103 not out, for the 2nd XI against Worcestershire in June.

George scores his runs at good pace, with his 740 for the pathway teams in 2021 arriving at a strike rate of more than 100.

Yusuf Khalil

KES Birmingham, West Bromwich Dartmouth CC

Yusuf is a right-hand batter who made his 2nd XI debut in 2022, having been recruited onto the Academy midway through the season.


Daniyal Khan

Joseph Chamberlain College, Dorridge CC

Daniyal made an encouraging 2nd XI debut towards the end of the 2022 season, top scoring with 27 against Northamptonshire. The right-handed batter earned his place in the senior side following an outstanding run of form in the U18 County Championship in August.

Mohammed Umar Shaikh

Sandwell College, Knowle & Dorridge CC

Umar is an off spinner and right-handed batsman who is a regular for Knowle & Dorridge in the Birmingham Premier League. In 2022, he achieved career-best bowling figures for his club taking 6/53 against Shrewsbury.

Umar made appearances for the 2nd XI and U18s in 2022.


Sam Atkinson

Moddershall & Oulton CC (Staffs)

Sam is a seam bowling all-rounder, who hails from Stoke-on-Trent. Progressing through the Staffordshire junior system, Sam first played for Staffs in 2021 as part of their Elite Performance Pathway, which Warwickshire part funds and supports with coaching, scouting support, and coach education. A product of Staffordshire side Moddershall & Oulton CC, Sam made his senior bow in the National Counties T20 last year as a 17-year-old.