Knightsbridge Solicitors are extremely excited and proud to announce that we will be sponsoring and working closely alongside Azeem Rafiq, professional cricketer of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Azeem is an exceptionally talented all round cricketer who has made a name for himself around the first class cricket circuit and retains aspirations to represent England at senior level.

Azeem was born in Karachi, Pakistan before moving to England in 2001. Azeem quickly made a name for himself in the cricketing circles and was selected to represent England at junior levels, the highlight of which being when he was made captain of the England Under19 side.

Azeem’s impressive and consistent form saw him scoop the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award for Yorkshire in 2006.

Azeem made his debut for Yorkshire in 2008 and has since gone on to make over 100 appearances for the prestigious county. He scored a first-class century for the county in only his second appearance, before being selected as England captain for the 2010 Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand. Azeem led the likes of Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and James Vince whilst captain of the England junior side.

Azeem’s rapid rise and impressive performances since his debut for Yorkshire culminated in him being named as the first team captain in the Friends Life T20 competition. Azeem was a huge success as captain of the side; he recorded 5 wins out of 6 games whilst at the helm. Azeem was the first cricketer of Asian origin to take the role as Yorkshire first team captain – a huge achievement.

Azeem’s record and statistics for Yorkshire are extremely impressive – he has scored over 1,000 runs and taken over 200 wickets. Azeem is widely regarded as one of the most skilled off spin bowlers in the County game.

Azeem, now aged 26, is approaching an exciting and significant stage of his career and we are delighted to be on board with Azeem to support him through this phase of his career. We strongly believe that Azeem has the skill and desire to represent England at the highest level of the game and cannot wait to be part of Azeem’s journey to the top. This is a huge coup for us at Knightsbridge Solicitors and we are thrilled to be associated with one of the hottest properties in cricket.

Here’s what Azeem had to say about the sponsorship:

"I am thrilled to be on board with such a reputable firm as Knightsbridge Solicitors and I am happy that they will be supporting me during this period of my career. I appreciate all of their support and look forward to representing the firm wholeheartedly both on and off the pitch."