Tebbit backs Asian cricket awards

Lord Tebbit's comments, which became known as the 'Cricket Test', were made in an interview to the Los Angeles Times when he was a Conservative MP.

"A large proportion of Britain's Asian population fail to pass the cricket test," he told the newspaper.

"Which side do they cheer for? It's an interesting test. Are you still harking back to where you came from or where you are?"

His comments sparked a debate which is still referenced today. England all-rounder Moeen Ali was this summer booed by Indian fans during the two countries' recent Twenty20 match at Edgbaston.

Moeen is now competing with Varun Chopra, Ravi Bopara and Adil Rashid for the Professional Cricketer of the Year Award at the inaugural Asian Cricket Awards, which Lord Tebbit has given his support to.

In a statement to Press Association Sport, Lord Tebbit said: ""In recent years, British Asian players have again given us some of that swashbuckling style of play which the crowds are willing to pay to watch.

"Not only that, but it encourages the generations of British-born Asians to feel part of the nation - and those of long British ancestry to welcome them into our team.

"I have been a cricket lover ever since sneaking off early from the office to watch Edric Leadbeater and Denis Compton in their greatest days at Lord's.

"It is with great pleasure that I send a message of support to the Asian Cricket Awards."

:: The Asian Cricket Awards is supported by Talk Home Mobile and celebrates the achievements of British Asian cricketers and cricket personalities at an event at Lord's on October 7.

  Norman Tebbit has given his backing to the Asian Cricket Awards
Norman Tebbit has given his backing to the Asian Cricket Awards