10 Jul

England and Wales’ 33 first-class umpires have set themselves the challenge of walking the distance from Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and back ahead of the beginning of the domestic cricket season on 1 August – all in aid of three charities including the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.

The ‘First Class Walk’ spans 9,436 miles – about the distance the group would cumulatively walk on the field over the course of a regular cricket season – and will be covered by whatever means possible, whether on treadmills or by getting out and making the most of the British summertime weather.

As of 6 July, they have covered 5,985 miles, with Hassan Adnan leading the way on 350 miles. You can track their progress via dedicated Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

They are supporting three charities in the process – the British Asian Trust, Prostate Cancer UK and the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, which faces an annual fundraising shortfall of over £250,000 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The players’ charity offers life-changing support and assistance to Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) members and their immediate families when they need it most. Support can range from emotional counselling to the provision of specialist medical equipment and beyond.

To donate go to the PCA website: 


John Stephenson


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