King AJ!

A spin-bowling all-rounder, Teeqy has quietly established himself as one of the most important components of Birmingham's T20 squad. A standout player in Warwickshire's youth teams throughout the age-groups from the age of 10, he represented England U19s and made his first-class debut in 2009 aged just 17.

In recent seasons he has been a regular in limited-overs cricket where he has proved a huge asset. His intelligent off-spin, dovetailing with Jeetan Patel, has put many an opposing mid-innings in a straitjacket, while his late-order cameos with the bat have often supplied the fillip that proves crucial as games pan out.

Aston-born Teeqy is as Bears through as through as anyone - and supplied the champagne moment of a magical day when Birmingham lifted the NatWestT20Blast trophy in 2014. He dismissed Kevin Pietersen with his first delivery in the semi-final, a stinging return catch from which Surrey never recovered and the Bears never looked back as they went on to lift the silverware inside a cacophonous Edgbaston.

Ateeq Javid Fact File

Role: Spin-bowling all-rounder

Birmingham Bears squad number: 17


Sports team beyond cricket: Aston Villa

Holiday destination: Cape Town

Cricket hero: Sachin Tendulkar

Quote: "Be the hardest-working person in the room. Always wear the Bear with pride and respect"