The home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club will be the venue for the AGM of Leeds housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise tomorrow, ahead of an historic inter-faith cricket match under the Headingley lights.
Unity will co-sponsor the T20 game tomorrow evening between Mount Cricket Club, a team of Muslim players in Batley, and St Peter’s XI of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Vatican’s official cricket team made up of Rome-based priests and seminarians who will be playing the final match of their English tour.
The two sides will battle it out for the Sir John Major Friendship Cup, having previously met in Rome last year when the home team won a last-ball victory.
Ali Akbor, chief executive of Unity Homes and Enterprise, said he was thrilled that Headingley would be the venue for the Unity AGM, where Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE will deliver the keynote speech before the game.
“We are proud to co-sponsor such an inspirational sporting occasion and for our AGM to be a component part of a momentous day. I look forward to setting out Unity’s many achievements from the last 12 months, before enjoying what I’m sure will be an outstanding demonstration of kinship on the cricket field.”
Lord Patel, appointed last year to the management board of the ECB, the governing body of England and Wales cricket, believes the sport has the ability to bring communities together.
“Cricket, particularly with its rich and diverse history across the world, is a great example of this,” he said.
“It is fitting that Unity is holding its AGM at YCCC prior to a very special inter-faith cricket match between Mount Cricket Club and St Peter’s XI.”
The Unity Homes and Enterprise AGM will be held in the Executive Suite of Headingley Carnegie Stadium at 4pm followed by a buffet. The cricket is due to start at 6pm. Admission is free.
Abdul Ravat, of Mount CC and a Unity board member, said: ““Mount Cricket Club spent three wonderful days in Rome last year in the spirit of friendship. We look forward to offering our guests similarly warm hospitality when they arrive in Yorkshire.”
Picture: From left, Abdul Ravat (Mount CC), Fr Eamonn O’Higgins (Vatican and St Peter’s CC) and Stephen Gray (Church of England).