“There’s nothing there except an incredible passion for cricket,” says ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander of Chabahar province in Iran. “There are children without shoes, without proper equipment and they’re still playing.”
|Action from an U-13 Norooz Cricket Festival|
Out of this have emerged some cricketers, the Iranian U-16s reached the Final last year’s ACC Challenge tournament and this year have a chance of repeating their performance in the U-19 Challenge in Malaysia in July. Former Pakistan first-class cricketer Mahmood Rashid is the national coach and he is confident that Iran’s cricketers have sufficient ability to advance. “What they need is more help from the authorities in Tehran, there’s no doubt that Iran could be a good side if everything comes together for them.”
Sufficient nourishment for those who play cricket with such passion would indeed do wonders. One is humbled by these young players’ passion for the game.
Iran Cricket Profile
Cricket, Somehow, Iran
Filed March 31st, 2011