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'Good' news hidden in amongst the furore over 'the 15':

A Royal Military Police Major from West Sussex is spearheading a scheme to teach cricket to children in Iraq.

Andrew Banks, of Midhurst, is helping to bring the game to Basra Province to build bridges with local communities.

It is hoped the Royal Military Police (RMP) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) scheme will help to alleviate tensions in the area.

Major Banks, of 110 Provost Company, said it had stopped some children from throwing stones at soldiers.

And he has managed to get a lot of local support for the shortened "Kwik Cricket" version of the game.

Major Banks said: "Iraq has no history of playing cricket and I think the teachers were sceptical at first, as they see quite a lot coming from the West.

"But their scepticism was reduced when they saw the kids having fun.

"When we gave them the sets from the ECB for the teachers to use they seemed quite pleased."

It is also hoped the scheme might encourage some locals to report any terrorist activity.

Major Banks said: "Something that runs through the sport is fair play.

"It would be very nice if the concepts of right and wrong were extended beyond the sports field.

"Maybe we have started something in Iraq. At least the children and their teachers were enthusiastic. But I don't think the Australians need to worry yet," he added.

Oliver Mott, of the ECB, said: "It's fantastic to see the positive aspects of cricket being used to such good effect in this difficult situation.

"Cricket, of all sports, is very good at teaching the benefits of teamwork and fair play at the same time as being excellent fun."

Brigadier James Everard CBE, Commander of 20th Armoured Brigade, said: "As a military commander in southern Iraq I had never dreamt that cricket would help to form a bridge between our two cultures so successfully."
Source.

Good luck for this initiative!
 
#3
I can however, imagine a few problems when the Iraqi kids perfect their 'fast bowling' technique.
 
#4
Well done Major ! Funny how good news stories seldom feature in the 'rags' penned by our 'reptiles'.

Not directly linked to this topic, I wonder what is going on behind the 'smokescreen' of the 'Iran 15'.

I imagine that TONS of BAD NEWS is being buried !

I am always nervous if I do not get daily news of the goings on of Prescott, Hewitt and the repulsive Hain - not to mention 'The Intended One' 'I know nothing mate, I'm Treasury' 'Don't even think of me or I'll tax you some more' the ghastly, growling, grim, grisly, git Brown (without an 'e').
 
#5
Major Banks said: "Something that runs through the sport is fair play.

"It would be very nice if the concepts of right and wrong were extended beyond the sports field.
Somewhat naive I think but I wish the project well.
 
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mistersoft said:
Major Banks said: "Something that runs through the sport is fair play.

"It would be very nice if the concepts of right and wrong were extended beyond the sports field.
Somewhat naive I think but I wish the project well.
I think that initiatives like this will always achieve their aims to some degree in that if even one child's perception is altered and they refuse to blindly follow the crowd, that is - in my opinion - a success. Saying that, there will also be people who will remain unmoved by an extended hand of friendship...
 
#9
Great, in 5 years they'll have a test side that will come to Lords and beat our lot.

Even if it takes a long time, anything that helps, in any way is welcome. Cricket is played by other Muslim nations, Pakistan and Bangladesh, so they have something to aim for.
 
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