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Monday, April 2, 2012

Nomadic Cricket Warriors from Maasai

Courtesy of Daily Mail. Amazing pictures of Cricket...
Click on each picture to see a larger version. They are great pictures.
http://mikeghouseforindia.blogspot.com/2012/04/nomadic-cricket-warriors-from-maasai.html


When I was president of the NTCA (North Texas Cricket Association), one of the largest Cricket Associations in the nation with over 36 Teams and 16 Cricket Grounds to play, we accomplished many extraordinary things, never done before. We implemented several programs like the Mandatory Continune Education in Umpiring and have won the International Cricket Award for the Best Cricket Development in the western Hemisphere.

We delivered a few bats and balls to the Hopi Native Americans in Arizona, it was one of the goodwill Cricket initiatives.

The Cricket bats were also presented to Senators John Cornyn, Congressman Martin Frost, Ambassador Agnihotri, Mayors of Plano, Frisco, Carrollton, Richardson, Irving, Dallas and several council persons. We also had Ambassadors/Missions of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and UK play in the exhibition Cricket matches. We hosted the national championship games as well.

Mayor Ron Kirk had proclaimed Dallas as the Cricket City of America and drummed up business in South Africa, after consulting about Cricket. Mayor Pat Evans proclaimed Plano as the Cricket City of America....



Bollywood Actor Amir Khan along with his Lagaan Team presented the "MikeGhouse Gold Cup" to the winning Cricket Team of Premier Championship in Dallas.


The following are amazing pictures!
Mike Ghouse

 

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Meet the Maasai Cricket Warriors:
The colourful semi-nomadic cattle herders promising to brighten up the sport

These are the Maasai Cricket Warriors - the semi-nomadic cattle herders vowing to brighten up their sport. Ditching traditional whites for their colourful clothing and body decorations, the Kenyan tribesmen are in serious training. Donning pads and armed with bats, the men from the Laikipia region this week left their tiny village for the Mombasa Legends Cricket Nursery.

Colourful: These are the Maasai Cricket Warriors - the semi-nomadic cattle herders vowing to brighten up their sport

Maasai

Out there: They ditch traditional whites for colourful clothing and body decorations
Beach time: The players are aiming to be role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning against Female Genital Mutilation, early childhood marriages and are fighting for the rights of women

Beach time: The players are aiming to be role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning against Female Genital Mutilation, early childhood marriages and are fighting for the rights of women.

They now hope to travel to the Last Man Standing 2012 World Championships in Cape Town next month - the crowning event of the global eight-a-side amateur Twenty20 cricket league.
The players say they want to be role models in their communities by campaigning against traditional female circumcision and child marriages.
More...
And through their cricket they also try to promote healthier lifestyles and spread awareness about HIV/AIDS among tribal youth, they added.

An online appeal for donations on the Maasai Cricket Warriors website said: 'By developing cricket and sports amongst Maasai youth and children the aim is to empower the youth in Maasai communities while enhancing their participation in community development, allowing them to become healthy, productive and well-adjusted members of society.'
Inspirational: Through playing cricket in regional communities they are trying to promote healthier lifestyles
Inspirational: Through playing cricket in regional communities they are trying to promote healthier lifestyles

Maasai

Maasai


Silhouette: The Warriors hope to play at the Last Man Standing 2012 World Championships in Cape Town next month
Warm up: The Maasai Cricket Warriors seen limbering up on the beach during a training session
Warm up: The Maasai Cricket Warriors seen limbering up on the beach during a training session



Bowler

Bowler


Ripped: The Maasai Warriors look to be enjoying every minute that they are out on the cricket pitch
How would this kit go down at Lords? A batsman shows off his sportswear

How would this kit go down at Lords? A batsman shows off his sportswear
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2114373/Meet-Maasai-Cricket-Warriors-The-colourful-semi-nomadic-cattle-herders-promising-brighten-sport.html
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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2114373/Meet-Maasai-Cricket-Warriors-The-colourful-semi-nomadic-cattle-herders-promising-brighten-sport.html#ixzz1qvMDXEYI

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MikeGhouse is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. He is a professional speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, civic affairs, Islam, India, Israel, peace and justice. Mike is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he writes weekly at Dallas Morning News and regularly at Huffington post, The Smirking Chimp and several other periodicals. His daily blog is www.TheGhousediary.com

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