Children Take Over the Home of Cricket

The match was organized to mark the World Children’s Day on 20 November

Iftikhar Ahmed Chowdhury
A group of disadvantaged children and national pacer Taskin Ahmed
UNICEF Bangladesh/2018/Mawa

26 November 2018

For the first time ever in the history of Bangladesh cricket, a group of children occupied the centre stage of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on November 17, 2018 as they played a high-voltage match with past and present cricket heroes of the country.

A group of disadvantaged children and adolescents from UNICEF’s partner NGOs Brac, Aporajayo Bangla and Shurovi took part in this exciting cricket match amid cheers of some 3,000 child spectators in the stands of the national cricket stadium.

Face painting
Children are in queue to enter in National Stadium
Children celebrate

The child spectators, all donning blue T-shirts greeted every single ball and stroke of the cricket bat with joy as the stands of the Home of Cricket turned into blue, much in keeping with the spirit of the World Children’s Day which called for turning the world blue in favour of children.    

The friendly cricket match was jointly organized by Bangladesh Cricket Board and UNICEF to mark the World Children’s Day on 20 November.

Children's cricketers are practicing with the national women cricketers Suraiya AZmin
UNICEF Bangladesh/2018/Mawa

Former Bangladesh national cricketer and caption Habibul Bashar, Test cricketer Hannan Sarkar, national cricketer Taskin Ahmed, national women’s team member Suraiya Azmin, among others payed in this friendly cricket match while adolescent boys and girls took part in both the teams.

The sheer presence of past and present cricket heroes made the day for the children both in the field and in the stands. As Mohammad Forhad, 14, said: “I could not believe I was playing with national pacer Taskin Ahmed. I was beyond my dreams.”

Child cricketers
Celebration of World Children's Day
Handing over crest to children

“The atmosphere was really festive and I loved to be a part of the thrilling match,” said former national cricketer Hannan Sarkar.

Meanwhile, expressing his elation, Mohammad Nadim, aged 16, said, “It gave me the goosebumps when I entered to bat in the Home of Cricket. It is every aspiring cricketer’s dream to play here one day.”        

Expressing her sentiment, another adolescent cricketer Riya Akhter, 16, said, “National women cricketers like Suraiya Azmin are iconic for us. I feel truly inspired playing with her.”

National pace bowler Taskin Ahmed also relished playing with the children.

“I loved the experience of playing with these kids. Many of these children have sporting talents and we should all come forward to help flourish their talents,” he said, adding that, he would love to be with them again.