Daily Nation – Representatives of government, diplomats, celebrities and religious leaders will help the Commonwealth kick-off a new cricket initiative.
- This new initiative will be launched in London at an inter-faith match at Lords Cricket Ground on July 6, and will include a series of special exhibition matches.
- Describing Peace at the Crease as a big win for the promotion of peace and development, Commonwealth Secretary General Dame Patricia Scotland said, “One of my fondest childhood memories is standing on a home-made pitch, cricket bat in hand, heart pounding with excitement, praying to hit a six.
- These include:• Selecting Commonwealth Cup winners and Players of the Match will take into account how players promote and demonstrate commitment to Commonwealth values, as well as runs scored and wickets taken;• Combining teams from diverse backgrounds and groups that cut across national, ethnic and religious divides;• Creating forums at matches to encourage community leaders to pledge support for the Commonwealth’s shared values and peace-building efforts, and agree strategies to advance the use of sport and cricket as a community development tool;• Profiling organisations that are effectively using specially designed cricket-based methodology in peace-building and community development initiatives;Prajapati Trivedi, Director of the Commonwealth’s Economic, Youth and Sustainable Development Directorate said: “The Commonwealth Secretariat is among the select leading global institutions supporting countries to develop policies and strategies to maximise the contribution of sport to development and peace building outcomes.
- “This new cricket initiative is not only helping us to boost our work in this area, it is also a platform to promote and fundraise for other important related initiatives such as our Faith in the Commonwealth programme, which is creating a group of young people as change agents for interfaith understanding and global citizenship.
- Welcoming the initiative, Kamal Prabhakar of Ganador Sports said: “We are excited about creating the Commonwealth Cricket Cup to spread the message of peace, harmony and equality through the game of cricket.”