Head Coach

Ali Jaffer – Founder and Director Of AJ Coaching Cricket Academy

Ali Jaffer who has a PGCE and a Masters degree in Performance Coaching. Ali believes team spirit is essential in cricket and if it is developed early enough it will help kids when they step up from junior to senior cricket. Ali who played first class cricket for Karachi Whites in Pakistan is a firm believer that this can be the difference in winning and losing!

Post Graduate Certification of Education

MSc. Performance Coaching and ECB level two coach.

Speciality: Batting and Wicket keeping.

Our diverse coaching staff is CRB checked and have attended child protection and first aid courses

All our coaches are approved and qualified through the ECB. They are all CRB checked and have attended child protection & first aid courses: Our coaching team has 12 experienced level two and three coaches.


Batting / Spin Bowling

Pranab Samanth

Pranab Samanth, an ECB Level 2 certified coach and former professional cricketer, specialises in batting and spin bowling coaching.

With tailored sessions, he focuses on technique, stroke play, and mental approach for batting, while emphasising grip, flight, and turn for spin bowling. Pranab’s holistic approach to player development, coupled with values like discipline and sportsmanship, ensures comprehensive growth. His presence at AJ Coaching Cricket Academy enriches the coaching program, offering aspiring cricketers the chance to learn from a seasoned expert.

Under Pranab’s guidance, players not only refine their cricketing skills but also cultivate resilience and confidence on and off the field.


Batting & Bowling Coach

Gary Butcher

Gary Butcher, ex-Surrey and Glamorgan County Cricketer, enriches AJ Coaching Cricket Academy with his extensive cricketing experience.

With a decade-long career, Gary provides expertise and a wealth of knowledge in batting, bowling and fielding. He is highly experienced in group and team coaching and able to develop players both technically and mentally.

Gary’s dynamic sessions prioritise individualised guidance, fostering skills and values essential for success both on and off the field. Gary’s passion for nurturing young talent ensures that players not only excel in cricket but also grow into well-rounded individuals, embodying AJ Coaching’s commitment to excellence.


Batting Coach

Sajjad Ahmed

Sajjad Ahmed, a former first-class cricketer turned specialist batting and fast bowling coach, brings a wealth of experience and insight to AJ Coaching Cricket Academy.

With a career rooted in professional cricket, Sajjad’s coaching methodology emphasises technical precision, strategic thinking, and mental fortitude. Through tailored sessions, he hones batting techniques, focusing on timing, footwork, and shot selection. As a fast bowling coach, Sajjad imparts expertise in pace, swing, and accuracy, empowering bowlers to unleash their full potential. Sajjad’s dedication to player development, coupled with his extensive playing background, ensures that aspiring cricketers receive top-tier coaching to excel on the field.