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Young cricketers to bat for peace across border

Cricket is set to take on a new meaning with street kids ready to cross the border and play their way into hearts of people.
PTI | By Priyanka Khanna
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2004 12:33 PM IST

The game of cricket is set to take on a whole new meaning for peace lovers, street children and underprivileged persons across Indo-Pak borders, with young cricketers set to cross the international border and play their way into hearts of people.

With the support of ActionAid India and partner organisations like actress Nandita Das and Saumya Sen's Leapfrog, young cricketers who have hitherto played on nameless streets will cross the border and play on streets in either countries under a project aptly called 'Cricket for Peace'.

The initiative hopes to bring common people across India and Pakistan closer and put the spotlight on real issues of poverty that continue to plague majority population of both South Asian nuclear powers. To begin, 25 children (homeless and former bonded labourers) from India and all aged between 12-18 will travel to Pakistan where they will tour for about 20 days from city to city playing friendly street cricket matches with their underprivileged children in Pakistan supported by ActionAid Pakistan.

The 'street cricket' matches will be followed by cultural activities in the evening like theatre workshops, puppet shows etc, which will work as a platform for children to voice their opinions on Indo-Pak affairs.

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