Freddie Flintoff protégé enjoys first day at Lancashire school after asylum granted

“Enjoying my first school day at Rossall School. I love this school.”

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.

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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.”