FORMER ENGLAND CRICKETER | WRITER
Paul Andrew Smith is a former English Cricketer from Gosforth, Northumberland who has a fascinating and varied career. He played for Warwickshire from 1982 to 1996 and internationally he represented England in the Hong Kong and Singapore Sixes.
A mercurial allrounder, Paul was a big hitting right-handed batsman and genuinely fast right arm bowler. He made four first-class hundreds in his 221-game career, the first when he was just 19, and in 1986 he became the youngest Warwickshire player to score 1,500 runs in a season. In all, he played in 6 Lords one day finals during his career. Along with opening partner Andy Moles, he holds a world record after the pair shared 8 consecutive opening partnerships of 50 plus.
Later in his career, he drew great pride from becoming the first white cricketer to play for Cape Town club St Augustine’s during the dismantling of apartheid. This sprang directly from the recommendation of former Warwickshire coach, the late Bob Woolmer, and carried a cultural significance as St Augustine’s CC had famously once been the cricketing home of the legendary Basil D’Oliviera!
Paul was one of the founders of CWB (Cricket Without Boundaries), the aim of which was to link sport to the classroom, and then employment. CWB saw a 40% participant return to work. Other projects he initiated included Coachright who linked sport to academic accreditation. Over 150 schools and 20 community groups benefited from this initiative.
Paul does a lot to enable others, and after retirement he spent some time in America, where he used his expertise to work with the Compton Cricket Club in Los Angeles. This is a club which seeks to use the spirit and disciplines of cricket to turn youngsters away from crime, but Paul’s main work was with kids in LA gangs, and the city’s homeless population. This led to him being awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from Los Angeles City for in 2003, and he holds the honour of being a Global Ambassador to the Club.
Closer to home, Paul also works with the Prince’s Trust in the U.K.
Paul is also a published author, with considerable experience in the media, having written numerous newspaper and magazine articles over the years. In 2007 he released his autobiography entitled “WASTED?” The book received much acclaim for its in-depth honesty and was nominated for the shortlist of the Sunday Times Newspaper Book of the Year Award.