“A small support could accomplish a big dream” – LCLS (SOUTH) in Support of Street Children Cricket World Cup 2019
An international cricket tournament for street children taking place in England in the first week of May is to include a team from Bangladesh for the first time, which is jointly sponsored by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), UK and London College of Legal Studies (South) (LCLS(South), Bangladesh. The Children involved will be playing matches at two cricket grounds in Cambridge, UK followed by the final at Lord’s cricket ground in London, UK.
The unique tournament will host young teams from countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nepal, India, Tanzania and Mauritius.
Bangladesh’s team is made up of eight 13-17 year olds, four boys and four girls, none of whom have ever been outside of Bangladesh. These children all live in a residential centre (the Peace Home) located in the capital Dhaka, run by Bangladesh charity LEEDO.
London College of Legal Studies (South) is one of the sponsor of the Bangladesh team and has donated £3000. This money has gone towards paying for the team’s airfares, some of the equipment, and the entry fees for the competition.
The players have attend a welcome ceremony in London on 29 April and the contest is to take place in Cambridge on 4th and 5th May, and the final on 7th May at Lord’s. Mike Sherriff, chairman of Friends of Street Children, Bangladesh works with LEEDO and is organising the tournament’s welcome event.
Unlike other professional cricket competitions, this tournament will involve matches with two 20-minute halves and throughout the contest, there will also be a cultural programme for the children, and they will be given an opportunity to talk about the issues that affect them.
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is set to take place from 30 May – 14 July in England and Wales.