Brim Full of Passion

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Pollinger in Print, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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Adult, sports autobiography, printed in Large Print. Brim Full of Passion follows the story of Wasim Khan's journey to becoming the first British born Asian to play professional cricket. Eight-year-old Wasim Khan yanks a board out of the garden fence, nicks his Mum's only decent knife, and starts whittling. A month later he's putting his first bat to good use: sending the school's tennis balls high onto the roof so that he can sneak back over the gate at night and liberate them. Brim Full of Passion follows this son of Kashmiri immigrants from the grimy streets of Small Heath to leafy Edgbaston, where he breaks in through the fence to watch England play Pakistan. A year later he's there legitimately, batting for the under-13s. The dream is simple: Warwickshire, England, the world. After four gruelling years as an apprentice pro he makes the all-conquering Bears team of 1995, and is on the brink of the England 'A' squad. But a loss of form, a dodgy selection policy, and one of the first British-born Asians to make the country grade loses his confidence. A move to Sussex is a disaster: he falls out with captain Chris Adams, can't get a game, and winds up playing for Derbyshire for nothing. At 30 it's all over and he's embarking on a new career as a coach. Anything to stay in the game he loves.
 

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Contents

Foreword
7
The bat
9
The balls
19
Passage to Edgbaston
26
The talent scout
42
Handling cutlery and other useful skills
54
How many cricketers can you get in a Mini?
59
Losing Dad
68
Double winner
155
Swings and roundabouts
176
Thought you dark fellers could run
194
the end of an era
213
A new start at Hove
234
Grizzly times on the south coast
251
12th man with a twist
281
Chapter20 Opening bat for hire cheap
302

Give Wasim the menu he knows about this stuff
82
At last a contract
93
Bright lights of Sydney
102
Living a double life
108
I think youre playing
133
Thanks for the memories
319
Back where I started
329
The ghetto boy and the Governor
340
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