From walking when a batsman knows he is out to mankading a non-striker, the debate around what the spirit of cricket actually means is an ongoing affair. But the one thing that is undebatable is that the game of cricket can be a force for good.
Cricket for Good is the ICC’s global community outreach program, aimed at leveraging the vast power and reach of cricket to transform the lives of children and families worldwide.
Team India ahead of their contest against Afghanistan on Saturday took time off their practice sessions to take part in the Cricket for Good campaign and played cricket and performed drills with the kids part of the campaign. The kids, as well as the team along with the support staff, was delighted and nostalgic to be playing cricket with the kids just where all the players started their cricketing journeys.
Here’s a glimpse of the positive session
This is what Indian skipper Virat Kohli had to say about the initiative:
“Cricket can really make a difference in children’s life. It makes you a great human being as It makes you go through phases which are very similar to life and it helps one understand downfalls and good phases, it teaches how to come back from difficult times. I believe cricket is a great teacher. The kids were very good with the game and to see joy and excitement in their eyes is amazing and if we can contribute to that even a little bit it is a great honor for us”
Cricket for Good, in partnership with UNICEF, works to tackle the issues facing children around the world. It is helping children have better food, water, health, and education, as well as protecting children from abuse and empowering children and young people with life skills. In 2016, Cricket for Good in partnership with UNICEF joined hands with Team Swachh to build a social movement for sanitation and use of the toilet in India.