A YOUNG Indian cricketer has arrived in the North-East to learn the sport at one of the region’s top schools.

Sixteen-year-old off-spinner Rupesh Barode, from Mumbai, is at the 600-year-old Durham School for three weeks as part of a sporting exchange programme.

The scheme is run by the International Organisation for Health and Sports Advancement (IOHSA) charity, soon to be renamed Cricket Beyond Boundaries, and helps young Indian cricketers from a range of backgrounds to travel to the UK to learn the game.

Samir Pathak, a former England Universities cricketer and surgeon who leads the charity, said: “It’s a delight to host Rupesh in the UK.

“We hope he benefits from the opportunity given to him – to gain from the educational and cultural experience, whilst simultaneously developing his cricketing skills.

“We hope to offer more opportunities to promising youngsters in the years to come.”

Rupesh is attending classes in the mornings and developing his cricketing skills in the afternoons, including with the Durham County Academy.

Durham School has produced a string of first class county cricketers including Mike Roseberry, Phil and Robin Weston and Gordon and Paul Muchall.

Last year, it hosted a charity match featuring Sri Lankan superstar Kumar Sangakkara.