George is a fast bowler who is currently a member of the Warwickshire Academy. He has been playing in the Shrewsbury 1st XI team since he was in the Fourth Form.
"George Panayi has worked hard and long for this exciting selection," said Andy Barnard, Master in Charge of Cricket. "He becomes Shrewsbury School’s fifth national age group selection in the last ten years (Rhuadri Smith - Scotland U19 in 2012/13; Edward Barnard - England U19 in 2013/14; James Taylor - England U17 in 2007, U19 in 2009 and currently playing for England ODI team in Sri Lanka; Scott Ellis - England U19 in 1994). Having narrowly missed out on Bunbury selection two years ago, his outstanding performances at Shrewsbury School (leading all-rounder last season), Warwickshire CCC and Shrewsbury CC have promoted him into national selection. The hard work carried out with Paul Pridgeon, the School's Cricket Professional, has helped develop George’s game and effectiveness on the pitch.
"Tomorrow he departs on tour with the School squad to the UAE and South Africa - a trip that will now prove to be excellent preparation for his upcoming matches against Pakistan U17s, one of the strongest age group teams in the world."