IAS Cricket Club History

IAS Cricket Club was formed after the loss of three cricket loving friends in a tragic road traffic accident.

On Saturday 14th September 2002, Iftikhar Ahmad, Aftab Rafiq and Shazad Ahmed, friends since childhood, were killed at about 7.30pm, when their BMW heading towards Amersham along the Wendover bypass was involved in a head-on collision with a Honda Civic driven by John McDaid also from Aylesbury. All four young men died in the crash.

Ifikhar, Aftab and Shazad were avid cricket fans, and played for local clubs. Friends formed a memorial cricket team to remember the three. The team was named IAS using the first letter of each of their name.

Community of Aylesbury, Family, friends, and local cricket clubs came together in remembrance to the Aylesbury men in participating in annual memorial cricket matches and tournaments over the years.

During the annual events the IAS cricket team attracted a lot of people from Aylesbury towards the sport of cricket and took the step up to arrange to play friendly matches against clubs in around Bucks, Herts, Oxford areas to accommodate these keen cricketers.

Over the time the talented cricketers amongst the IAS team moved onto established local cricket clubs but there were still alot of people waiting for opportunity to play cricket with a high volume of them being the youth of Aylesbury. The IAS team emerged into a cricket club to accommodate them and be recognised as 'IAS Cricket Club'.

IAS Cricket Club have no home ground and currently run three teams, IAS 1st & 2nd team play in the South East Sunday Cricket League, aswell as Sunday friendly matches, IAS 3rd team play in the Aylesbury & District Midweek Cricket League.