Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region in Kenya have exchanged their spears for cricket bats and they are using cricket as a vehicle to empower youth and to target social problems in order to bring about positive change in their communities.
“Concentrating on cricket helps girls think less about marriage at a young age,” said Student Masheha Abubakr.
March 2012: Kevin Mwachiro reports.
The Maasai Cricket Warriors next goal is to travel to South Africa to take part in the Last Man Stands World Championships. The team has an open invitation and is now raising funds to make the trip.
Kenya lost all of their 2011 World Cup cricket matches and bowed out at the group stage, but new plans to promote the sport among Kenya’s Maasai people could help unearth new sporting stars to reverse the country’s cricketing decline.
Francis Ole Meshame has swapped his spear for a bat. He told the BBC that cricket would be a good game for Maasai warriors, because bowling was very similar to throwing spears.
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