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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

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WATCH: The man who saves cricket bats in Sharjah

As the weather starts to cool down the UAE cricket season is already in full swing, with the Asia Cup been and gone and the Pakistan and Australia Test series under way.

Whether it's on the international stage or local club matches, there will have been a few broken bats by now.

And for those in the predicament of being without their trusty willow, help is at hand thanks to the skills of a Pakistani based in Sharjah.

Nadeem Jafar is originally from Lahore. He moved to the UAE to work with his brother Qasid Hussain at his shop Butt Sports.

Nadeem now has more than 15 years experience fixing bats after being taught by his brother how to bring a broken bat back to life.

His hobby ended up being his full time job and can now say he has fixed bats for some of the world's greatest players. England’s Alastair Cook, India’s Sachin Tendulkar, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi have all had their bats fixed by him when they have toured in the UAE.

IPL and UAE cricketer Chirag Suri said: “I’ve been getting my bats repaired since the time I’ve been playing cricket, and when I start getting runs with one I just want to hold on to it till its last breath.”

“I feel Nadeem is not about just bandaging it like a short term fix - he actually opens it up presses it back and I feel he makes it last longer without losing its original power.”

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