Food for thought for England A
England A joined the fight against world poverty during their tour of Bangladesh.
The players took time out from their busy playing schedule to visit a school in the Gaibandha district as part of the Cricket Against Hunger programme.
The intitiative between the ECB and the United Nations World Food Programme comes on the back of last month’s fundraising day at the National Academy in Loughborough when 10 fans trained with the England A squad.
The aim of the Cricket Against Hunger programme is to use the pulling power of international cricketers to draw attention to the plight of the hundreds of millions of people around the world who face a daily struggle to feed themselves and their families.
Members of the England A side visited Durgapur Kalitola Government Primary School to hand over a year’s supply of nutritional biscuits which will help feed the 300 school children.
The players also donated a school cricket kit and took part in an exhibition game with pupils.
Abu Taleb Sarker, headmaster of the school, claimed the programme has increased the enrolment rate and reduced the drop-out rate.
Douglas Broderick, the World Food Programme representative in Bogra, revealed malnutrition, hunger and poverty continue to pose a threat to over 20 million children in Bangladesh.
He praised the England A initiative and hopes it will encourage others to come forward and help poor children.
Cricket Against Hunger was launched in 2006 following a visit by England players, including Ashley Giles, to a World Food Programme project in Jaipur, India.
As part of the partnership, such visits will be integrated into the touring schedule of England teams, especially in South Asia.