THE Pirelli Stadium hosted former India cricketer Farokh Engineer last night at Burton Albion's annual Sporting Dinner.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest wicket-keepers to have played the game, Farokh was joined on stage by TV legend and host Gary Newbon, comedian Ian Irving and auctioneer Charles Hanson.
Once again, the annual event attracted over 200 people, with monies raised going towards with work of the club’s charitable arm, Burton Albion Community Trust, in the local community.
Born on February 25, 1938, in Mumbai, Farokh Engineer played for the India cricket team from 1961 to 1975 and was known for his excellent wicket-keeping skills and aggressive batting style.
During his cricketing career, he played in 46 Test matches and scored 2,611 runs at an average of 31.08. He also took 66 catches and made 16 stumpings.
He spent eight years playing county cricket for Lancashire where he became a fans’ favourite.
After retiring from cricket, he worked as a cricket commentator and analyst. He was also involved in coaching and mentoring young cricketers. In 2019, he was appointed as the brand ambassador of the T10 League, a professional ten-over cricket league in the United Arab Emirates.
Following the evening, Engineer said: "I've really enjoyed my night of excellent hospitality and it's been great to be here at Burton Albion.
"Chairman Ben Robinson has a fantastic club and should be very proud of what it has achieved.
"It's been great to be on stage with Gary Newbon and I would like to thank everyone for making me so welcome."
Chairman Ben Robinson said: "It's been a thoroughly great Sporting Dinner yet again. We would like to thank everyone who came for their support and hope that they enjoyed their evening of great food and entertainment.
"I'd also like to thank our guests Farokh, Ian, Gary and Charles, especially as some of them gave up their time for free. They shared lots of fantastic stories and help to raise money which will go towards fantastic causes within the community.
“As always we will look forward to next year's event.”