Denning is full of praise for Valjee
Bobby Denning, England Deaf Squad Head Coach, congratulated Umesh Valjee, the England Deaf Squad Captain, on being awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.
Disability cricket has united in praise of Umesh Valjee after the England Deaf team captain was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.
The award caps a magnificent 12 months for the opening batsman whose exploits on the England Deaf tour of Australia last winter saw him named ECB Disability Cricketer of the Year.
Bobby Denning was also fulsome in his praise of Valjee who averages 49 in Test cricket with a top score of 186 against Australia in 2004.
Bobby said: "This is fantastic news for Umesh, the Deaf squad and the disability game in England. I am delighted that Umesh has received such a prestigious honour. His contribution towards international deaf cricket as a player and captain has been outstanding. He has been a top performer for such a long time."
"People often ask me about the standard of international deaf cricket and Umesh is more often than not the player I refer to. I often say 'I could watch him bat all day' and based on his continued success at the crease I have been fortunate to have done this on many occasions during my time as head coach. I know colleagues who have worked with him previously will agree."
"For any player looking to break into the elite deaf group, they should look no further than Umesh, as a role model."
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