This T20 World cup embodies change, women empowerment, and equality. UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) has collaborated with ICC to manifest the sporting power to motivate equality in sports.
UNICEF aims to help the needy around the world i.e across 190 countries and territories to create the world a better place to live life. ICC provides UNICEF a platform through which they can raise funds and awareness to drive positive changes for women and girls. UNICEF does this as a global champion for children’s rights in cricket playing nations around the world.
As we all are watching, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup has started in Australia from 21st February while the finale will be played on 8th March. During this period fans will have the opportunity to donate to support a Sport for Development program in Sri Lanka. A couple of Australian Superstars Alex Blackwell and Rachel Haynes are the Australian cricket ambassadors for the tournament.
Alex Blackwell, a former Australian captain, is proud and enthusiastic to be associated.
“I think UNICEF does great work improving the lives of children all around the world, especially children who are more disadvantaged perhaps than what I was as a child,” she said.
“I’m really excited to see the program that UNICEF is doing in Sri Lanka. Cricket is a great game for anyone but young girls especially because it’s quite social, it’s a team sport and it doesn’t require any certain body type. I think anyone can play. If you’re tall, you’re short, you’re fast, you’re slow; it doesn’t really matter. I think you can find a place in a cricket team” she added.
Thanks for your support @sachin_rt. Through #cricket programs around the world, @UNICEF – with support from the @ICC – are helping #girls build strength, confidence, and leadership skills, all while they play and have fun. #t20WorldCup #SportForDevelopment #Cricket4Good https://t.co/ITSm1rnfUD
— UNICEF Australia (@unicefaustralia) February 21, 2020
ICC announced its extended partnership with UNICEF in December. As the big ICC event has commenced, the focus will be on empowering women and girls through cricket. It emphasizes on the bigger picture and uses sport as its platform to ensure development.
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.
Source: Media Release by ICC