Meet the street children from Bangladesh who are playing in the world cup semis!
The Street Children Cricket World Cup is the first of its kind. A tournament to showcase the talent of street children from all over the world. In April of this year, the city of Cambridge welcomed teams from all around the world, including Bangladesh.
The little champs
The eight-player team from Bangladesh consists of 4 boys and 4 girls. The organization Leedo trained this merry bunch. Leedo is a member organization of the Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF). BSAF is a charitable organization that shelters 52 street children in their shelter house at the moment.
“These children, with their participation in such a world event, have got the much-needed motivation to boldly move on with life in the future.”Said Forhad Hossain from Leedo in an interview with Arab News.
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The team members set out for the UK on 28th April 2019. In addition, teams from countries such as India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Congo and Nepal are taking part in this tournament. The tournament started with Bangladesh playing against the Mauritius team. Bangladesh started their journey with a victorious feat, beating Mauritius by 17 runs.
In their second match, the team played against West Indies, winning with 6 wickets and 15 deliveries left. The team has also played against Nepal and Tanzania , winning against the former.
The Street Children Cricket World Cup
This tournament is being arranged by Street Children United, a UK based charity organization. In association with the International Cricket Council (ICC), this world cup tournament aims to fight the stigma against street children and their ability to contribute to society. They also hope to represent their country on an international level.
Our next superstars
Attending a world event pushed these children out of their comfort zones to challenge themselves in a way they never imagined! Through cricket, they are getting the opportunity to learn more about competing, team-building and pursuing their own interests.
“In my childhood I wanted to be a good dancer. But now, after getting involved with cricket, I decided to join the national women’s team,”Said Arjoo Rahman who’s one of the 8 children who are playing in the Bangladesh team
In fact, before the start of the SCCWC, all the teams were involved in cricket training, art activities, playing with teams of local schools, and speaking at the House of Parliament!
Being a part of this tournament gives them a chance to bravely take on an exciting challenge. And they receive honorable recognition on an international level.
Maybe one day we will have our next Shakib-Al-Hasan or Salma Khatun from these children superstars.
As of today, our champs from Bangladesh has managed to reach the semis. Godspeed!