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Cricketer’s favourite reads

Cricketers have contributed to Room to Read’s campaign to promote children’s education.

entertainment Updated: Feb 12, 2011 02:28 IST
New Delhi

Want to know what your cricket stars love to read? Well, cricketers have revealed their favourite books as part of a campaign run by International Cricket Council (ICC) and Room to Read, an international non-profit organisation, to promote literacy and access to books at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Here’s what tops the cricketer’s reading list:

Shane Watson (Australia) - Open by Andre Agassi: “Andre Agassi describes his thoughts and feelings going through his mind so unbelievably well.”

Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling: “It was such an engaging tale that I was reading it day and night.”

Zubin Surkari (Canada) - Life by Keith Richards: “This book was a great look into the life of someone society has labelled as rebel or trouble maker."

Luke Wright (England) - Goosebump Series by R L Stine: “The books follow kids dealing with monsters, ghosts and strange goings on.”

Virat Kohli (India) - Open by Andre Agassi: “At no point does the author try to project himself as a ‘superhuman.”

Ed Joyce (Ireland) - 1984 by George Orwell: “I first read it when I was about 14 and I can’t remember loving reading something so much.”

Steve Tikolo (Kenya) - Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela: “When I read the book I was deeply moved and learn a lot of lessons in life.”

Peter Borren (Netherlands) - Night train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier: “Whilst reading it, one cannot help but question one’s own life.”

Kane Williamson (New Zealand) - Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child: “I used to read these books at school and have recently got back into it.”

Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) - Fazail-E-Amaal by Muhammad Zakariya Kandhlawi: “It’s about the simple life of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad who spent his whole life serving humanity.”

Wayne Parnell (South Africa) - The Stand by Stephen King: “I fell in love with his books because when I was younger, my mother and I would watch movies that recreated his books.”

Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka) - Talent Is Never Enough by John Maxwell: “Maxwell has identified 13 choices that we need to make to maximise our talent which I found to be very enlightening.”

Sulieman Benn (West Indies) - Supercat: The Authorised Biography of Clive Lloyd: “Reading about Clive Lloyd provided me with a good idea of what it means to represent the West Indies and what playing for the West Indies means to the people.”

Graeme Cremer (Zimbabwe) - It’s Not About The Bike by Lance Armstrong: “I like this book because I found it inspirational. I read it about a year ago. It is a sports autobiography so I found it particularly relevant to me and my career to see how another sportman overcame the difficulties he faced in the sporting arena.”