Cricket being played    Getty Images (Representation Image)
Cricket being played Getty Images (Representational image)

Cricket has often helped people come out of tough times. The ongoing situation in Syria has been heartbreaking, with refugees seeking asylums across the globe. One such nation to open their arms is Jordan. Now, a cricket development charity, Cricket Without Boundaries in association with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Right to Play programme is teaching these refugees cricket in a bid to educate them.

Jordan currently has 740,000 refugees from as many as 60 nationalities, majority of them being Iraqis. According to the ICC website, CWB s Equality and Inclusion Lead Jules Farman said: With so many refugees now living in Jordan, schools are struggling to cope with the numbers of children in need of an education. Our role will be to use play-based activity to promote and direct children and their families to the support available. It will also be an important tool to listen to the children and to discover what more can be done to help them and their families now and over the coming years.

The work we do at CWB allows children and young people to put forward their voices through play. Working with UNHCR and Right to Play, it will provide a narrative to the refugee crisis that will help build an understanding of the complexities that displaced people and refugees face to a new audience of our wider cricket family and beyond. As cricket is a game for people of all abilities and backgrounds, I am really looking to introducing it to children and young people who have never played before sharing this wonderful game so all have the opportunity to get involved.

CWB have so far coached over 2, 50,000 children, and produced 3,000 coaches in the sub-Saharan African countries. “Cricket can break down boundaries and deliver vital messages. We know from our work over the past 10 years in Africa that cricket will help refugees settle into their new homes, get the education they so desperately need and put smiles back on their faces,” Farman concluded.