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Bangladeshi street children to play in Street Child Cricket World Cup

  • Published at 04:35 pm April 16th, 2019
Photo shows some street children selected to play for Bangladesh in Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019 in London Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Ten national teams will participate, including one from Bangladesh

Eight street children of Bangladesh will play in the Street Child Cricket World Cup London 2019.

The first Cricket World Cup for street children will take place ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

Street Child Cricket World Cup London 2019 will be held from April 30 - May 9.

The matter was disclosed at a press briefing organized by Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on Tuesday.

Eight street children from Bangladesh have been selected; four boys and four girls will leave Bangladesh on April 28 to participate in the event.

The event is an initiative by Street Child United. Marylebone Cricket Club is providing assistance.

On the pitch, ten national teams, including Bangladesh's, will represent their countries.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will provide the necessary support for the matter.

According to the schedule, the selection of the tournament will be held on May 5 and May 6 in Cambridge and the final match will be held at Lord’s.

The British Parliament has invited the street children for a friendly match and dinner. The children will also participate in an art festival.

Sourav Ganguly from India, Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka, Monty Panesar from England, and  Habibul Bashar Sumon from Bangladesh—along with others—will participate as goodwill ambassadors for the children in the event.

The children who are set to go to England will be sheltered by Local Education and Economic Development Organization (LEEDO), a non-profit, voluntary-based development organization.

Forhad Hossain, Director of LEEDO said: “We faced difficulties making passports for the children as they have no guardians. With the help of the media and the government, we managed to provide passports for all eight children.”

Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) candidate Shopna, one of the children selected for the tournament, said: “This is a big achievement for me. This is chance for me to represent my country.

“We request everyone to pray for us so we may win the tournament and make our country proud.”    

Nizam, another child selected for the tournament said: “We received the utmost support and guidance from LEEDO and Director Forhad Hussen. He stood by us like a father.”

Nizam, who gave his Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination this year, said that passports should be made more accessible to street children.

Director of Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum Abdus Shahid Mahmood delivered his welcome speech at the press briefing. Joint Secretary of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Md Abu Taleb was the chief guest of the program.

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