ZAFAR ANSARI is one of the biggest brainboxes to play cricket for England since Mike Brearley took off his gown and mortar board.Ansari, who makes his international debut in the Second Test here in Dhaka tomorrow, has a double first degree from Cambridge University in politics and sociology.That means he was given top grades in both subjects at one of the world’s most famous seats of learning.Last month, the Surrey all-rounder submitted a 40,000-word thesis on the American civil rights movement of the 1960s for his Masters degree.He will receive his marks before the end of this tour.While most team-mates prefer the Fifa computer game and attended the University of Life, Ansari is more likely to have his head buried in a book by some obscure novelist.Brearley was a brilliant student at Cambridge, and when England captain, was described by Aussie paceman Rodney Hogg as “having a degree in people”.Batsman Ed Smith, who won three caps in 2003, also gained a double first from Cambridge.Ansari, whose father is from Pakistan and his mother English, said of his debut: “It’s always going to be a nerve-racking experience but I feel as ready as I ever have been.“I’m coming into a nice… Read full this story
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