Four promising young cricketers visited England from India in 2012. Prithvi Shaw was a 13 year old prodigy from Mumbai who was mentored by former India Spinner, Nilesh Kulkarni. Prithvi’s father was unemployed and his mother died whilst he was only four years old. He attended Cheadle Hulme School for eight weeks from May until July, living with a local family.It is evident that he benefitted from the exchange from the fact that in 2014 he hit the third highest score ever recorded in cricket- a mammoth 546 not out (two days after a certain Sachin Tendulkar retired from cricket).

Three other young cricketers, part-funded by Coca-Cola India and Procam (a sports management company) also visited in 2012. The chief mentor of this scheme was former India wicket-keeper and current test selector, Saba Karim. Akshay Bharambhatt attended Cheadle Hulme School for 3 weeks. Akshay is now in the Ranji trophy probables for Baroda. Nitin Tanwar, from Delhi attended Hymers College and Sarfaraz Khan played for Hull CC in the Yorkshire League for 4 weeks. Sarfaraz, in particular has had plenty of success since his stint in the UK- he was India’s leading run scorer in the U-19 world cup in 2014 despite being only 16. He has now been picked by the Royal Challengers Bangalore to play in the IPL, despite being just 17 and demonstrated his talent with 45 not out in 21 balls against the Rajasthan Royals!