MCC teams up with the Lord’s Taverners and donates cricket kit to refugees in Germany
A 14 man MCC squad headed to Germany for a five-day cricket tour at the end of May, and in partnership with the Lord’s Taverners, donated some much needed cricket kit on their travels.
After the fourth of their seven matches, a game against Germany U19s which they won by 42 runs, players from the MCC side donated three large bags of cricket kit to representatives of local refugee teams who attended the match.
This isn’t the first time the Lord’s Taverners have stepped in to help people in Germany play cricket, with multiple donations already being made to the cause in 2016. Kit is very much in demand as despite being a football mad country, in the last few years tens of thousands of young people who have come from Pakistan and Afghanistan to seek asylum in Germany have brought cricket - and their enthusiasm - with them.
In 2012, there were 1,500 players and 70 teams registered with the German Cricket Federation. Now, there are over 5,000 cricketers playing in 220 teams across the country.
“It’s going crazy!” Said Germany Cricket Federation Manager, Brian Mantle. Almost every day, Brian receives enquiries from refugees and social workers wanting to set up new teams. Germany has been overwhelmed by the migrant crisis, he goes on to say, “They can’t offer refugees things like German lessons, schooling, so they’re sitting around in their homes doing nothing.” Cricket has provided them with a great opportunity to engage and be active in their communities.
Germany now competes in international men's and women's competitions, hosts domestic T20 Super Series tournaments and there are now six cricketing regions in Germany:
- Northern Germany
- Western Germany
Cricket is growing fast throughout the country and kit donated by the Lord’s Taverners is ensuring that the game can continue to thrive.