Freddie Flintoff protégé enjoys first day at Lancs school after asylum granted
An Afghanistan refugee who impressed cricketing legend Freddie Flintoff on his recent BBC series 'Field of Dreams' has enjoyed his first day at a Lancashire school after being granted asylum. Adnan Miakhel, 16, fled his native country in the back of a truck at the behest of his mother to avoid joining a group of local militia fighters. His brother had been forced to join the militia by his father and was ultimately killed.
On the show, Adnan surprised former England captain Freddie with his natural cricketing talent and last month - after a year-long wait - he was granted asylum after an appeal by his foster parents Elaine Jefferson and Barry Brocklehurst. Adnana, who is expected to play for Lancashire's academy sides, has now completed his first day at Rossall School in Fleetwood and couldn't be happier. READ MORE: 'You think a bomb's gone off' The idyllic Lancs coastal town divided on the nuclear giant in its midst
He tweeted "enjoying my first school day at @RossallSchool I love this school" followed by a smiling face with hearts emoji. The tweet at 4.09pm yesterday (September 5) has since received nearly 7,000 likes and dozens of retweets. One person replied: "Congratulations Adnan, so happy for the opportunities that life has offered you after moving so far from what you know. @flintoff11 must be so proud of this achievement, a happy and unexpected outcome of a fantastic initiative in cricket!!"
Another said: "Very smart Adnan. A great education is important in life. It will give you confidence to grow your skills and develop as a rounded person.
Good luck in your career, be it in cricket or not. You are heading in the right direction. A third commented: "This is amazing, I really hope your first day went well."
Another fan wrote: "Hope you had a great day @Adnan27068279. It was great to meet you at Old Trafford Hundred." A fifth person replied: "Congratulations Adnan you are credit to yourself and everyone who has raised you.
Well done young man. All the best wishes and luck for school and your cricket career. @flintoff11 you also deserve so much credit for all you did for those lads."Adnan was granted asylum in the UK last month
Freddie returned to his hometown of Preston for the 'Field of Dreams' documentary to show anyone can play competitive cricket, whatever the background. As the 44-year-old gathered a team of lads from the city centre, he was introduced to Adnan and was left bowled over by his incredible skills.
Elaine, from Preston, said: "To have impressed Freddie Flintoff, just shows how talented Adnan is. When Adnan arrived with us in March of last year, he went out into our garden and started bowling golf balls in our little driving range. "Barry and I were immediately struck by his obvious natural ability.
But there's much more to Adnan than his sporting abilities. His story is astonishing." Freddie's documentary saw Adnan join a training session at Preston College Gym where he goes to bowl and leaves Freddie stunned by his abilities.
Adnan explained to viewers that while living in Afghanistan, he had tried to practice cricket without any equipment.Freddie with Adnan's foster parents, Barry and Elaine
Elaine continued: "Effectively, Adnan travelled in the back of a lorry from Afghanistan to Calais by foot boat, truck and cars. In Calais he hid in an empty lorry and found his way to Preston. "When he arrived here, he cut himself out of the lorry and handed himself in to the police.
Barry and I have total admiration for Adnan. "In making his way to the UK, he has displayed astonishing levels of courage and ingenuity. Since he came to stay with us, he has learnt English, made lots of friends at college and of course, demonstrated his fantastic ability to play cricket.
"Adnan is genuinely gifted and we're privileged to have got to know him."