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11-year-old girl raises serious cricketing problem with Kookaburra, wins hearts

Olivia went to a store to buy cricket pads. But she found that all the pads were made for boys and that is when she decided to write to Kookaburra.

cricket Updated: Aug 26, 2018 17:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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An 11-year-old cricketer Olivia is winning hearts on the internet after her letter to cricket equipment company Kookaburra went viral. She had got a gift voucher on her birthday and when she went to a store to buy cricket pads. But she found that all the pads were made for boys and that is when she decided to write to the company.

The cricket club she plays in, took to Twitter to publish the letter. It read: “Beautifully argued request from player in our Heat Girls League team. Fair point made. Thnx for response so far @KookaburraCkt. @ahealy77.”

The letter from Olivia read:

“Dear Kookaburra,

My name is Olivia, I am 11 years old and completely obsessed with cricket. Last summer, I started playing cricket in an all-girls team.

Recently, it was my birthday and I received a rebel sport gift-voucher. Today, I went to rebel and bought the Kookaburra Verve Pro 400 batting pads in the size ‘boys.’ It made me a little bit sad that the size was just called ‘boys’ to ‘kids’ because women’s cricket is growing very fast, especially with the WBBL and the Southern Stars winning the Women’s Ashes. Alyssa Healy uses Kookaburra gear and I think she is a great role model so I wanted to have Kookaburra kit.

On the Kookaburra.biz website, on the coaching page, there are 20 videos, however, only one features a female cricketer would love to see more videos featuring female members of team Kookaburra. Yours Sincerely.”

Kookaburra said that she must have come across the old stuff as the new ones had been renamed Juniors and Adults.

Oliver does put across the point that women are just as passionate about the game as men are.

First Published: Aug 26, 2018 16:02 IST