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Ismail Dawood

A wicket-keeper/batsman who came through Yorkshire’s Academy but played for several counties before getting his chance with his home county halfway through the 2004 season.

After graduating from the Academy he joined Northamptonshire in 1994 and then had two summers with Worcestershire and a further two with Glamorgan.

During his time at Glamorgan he recorded his maiden first class hundred against Gloucestershire and also set a new county record by conceding no byes in Lancashire’s total of 556 for six.

Represented England Under 19 in 1994 and 1995 and captained Bradford-Leeds UCCE in 2003 as well as playing for Minor Counties side Herefordshire.

Was playing in the Bradford League in 2004 when the disappointing form of Simon Guy behind the stumps prompted Yorkshire to give Dawood a chance and, after impressing for the second XI, he made his first-team debut in the Twenty20 Cup match against Derbyshire.

Became the first English-born Asian to play first-class cricket for Yorkshire when he was selected for the Frizzell County Championship clash with Somerset at Scarborough.

Was a regular behind the stumps during the 2005 season, playing 12 of the 16 Championship matches as Yorkshire gained promotion, but failed to do enough to impress director of cricket David Byas and was released at the end of the season.