West Indies practice with kids ahead of OneDay4Children event
The West Indies cricket team put starry-eyed young players through their paces during a meet and greet and training session at the Kensington Oval in Barbados at the weekend.
They were filming as part of the lead-up to a special event spearheaded by UK National Committee for UNICEF and the International Cricket Council (ICC), called #OneDay4Children to harness the power of over 1 billion cricket fans and the best international one-day cricket teams to support children in danger around the world.
The event will take place during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 this summer, when England play India on June 30. The partnership aims to raise 1 million pounds for UNICEF’s work for children over the course of the tournament, held in the UK from May 30 to July 14.
Children came from both primary and secondary schools across the island and were given top tips by captain Jason Holder, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo, Kemar Roach, Shimron Hetmyer, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Chris Gayle, Devendra Bishoo and Fabian Allen.
Holder also supported UNICEF’s safeguarding messages, highlighting the importance of bringing any cases of suspected child abuse out in the open. He said:
"Break the silence. If you see something or know something – say something, do something!"
West Indies are now preparing for the ODI series against England, which bowls off on Wednesday at Kensington Oval.
Jason Holder (Captain)
1st ODI: Kensington Oval – Wednesday, February 20
2nd ODI: Kensington Oval – Friday, February 22
3rd ODI: Grenada National Stadium – Monday, February 25
4th ODI: Grenada National Stadium – Wednesday, February 27
5th ODI: Daren Sammy Cricket Ground – Saturday, March 2