An outstanding combative English cricketer, Ronnie Irani gained cult status during the 2002 Ashes tour where his 'crowd warm-ups' went down a storm! Nowadays, Ronnie warms up the audiences as a popular After-dinner Speaker, happy to give an honest, passionate, amusing opinion on a number of topics, sport related or not.
After starting at Lancashire, Ronnie spent most of his career as a cricketer at Essex County Cricket Club, latterly as captain. Working his way into the Test team in 1996 against India, he subsequently went on tour in 1996-97, but had to wait until 1999 for his next Test cap. But at county level, Ronnie was a formidable presence, and after an impressive start to the 2002 season, he earned a recall to the England one-day side.
Following a serious knee injury, Ronnie was forced to give up bowling during the 2003 domestic season and concentrate on his batting. After Graham Gooch stepped down as the Essex County Cricket Club's head coach prior to the start of the 2005 season, Ronnie assumed these responsibilities in addition to his role as county captain and flourished in both roles. In 2006, he averaged 59 in the Championship and began 2007 with a career-best 218. But his knee problems took their toll and mid-way through the season Ronnie announced his retirement and moved into a career as a radio presenter and After-dinner Speaker.
Through his openness, Ronnie endears himself to audiences, allowing them to relate to his past experiences, which always ensures a relaxing and very enjoyable evening. Though his cricket days are behind him, Ronnie still goes down a storm when he makes an appearance.
To book Ronnie as an After-dinner Speaker or Awards Host for your Sports/Golf Day or corporate event, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call 020 7251 8222 for further information.
- One of the country’s top broadcasters.
- Former England, Askeans, Streatham and Wasps Prop.
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