Sohail Rauf New Board Member
As part of the Cricket Wales’ Board process of recruitment and change, we welcome our new board member Sohail Rauf.
Sohail is a businessman who owns and manages Jupiter Property Services, a letting company in the Cathays area of Cardiff. He has been working in the letting industry for 10 years and prior to this was in the financial industry.
Sohail is also the chair of Llandaff CC and a level 2 coach and previously been a league secretary. When asked why he wanted to apply to the Board Sohail replies; “I want to make a difference at grassroots level and one of the best places to do that is to be on the board. I’d also like to help more players get into first class cricket as well. “
Sohail is really keen to see how many current players come through the system that the board and county have set up to play eventually for Glamorgan. “I want to see and look at how is the system working, to look at systems and processes.
“I would use the ideas we have used to be adapted through the wider community as a template e.g. recruiting women coaches will encourage more women from the cricket family to become coaches and seeing the success that this brings to the expansion of clubs.”
Sohail is most proud of the work he has done in his own club within the junior section at Llandaff CC. “We have gone from two junior teams because of compliance to a league system to running a proper functioning junior set up where 115 kids this summer were involved with 70-80 training every week”. Sohail is also proud of the impact his club has had in increasing the girls participation. “This has been a real highlight with more girls playing as well as female players joining the club and playing in two women’s teams.”
When asked about his ambitions he says, “I would like to make a valuable input in most areas and use some of my business skills to ensure the longevity of Cricket Wales as well.”
Sohail is known for being one of the ‘chattiest’ people on the pitch and his most admired cricketer is Imran Khan “for what he’s achieved in and out of cricket, I even named my son after him!”