U19 squad meet acid attack survivors in Bangladesh

26 Jan

Scotland’s U19 cricketers have been putting life into perspective with a visit to the Acid Survivors Foundation and British High Commission in Bangladesh. 

The youngsters took the opportunity to take time out of their preparations to compete in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, where they will take on Namibia in their first fixture on Thursday.

The squad were invited to understand a particular type of violence against men, women and children in Bangladesh and were shown how UKaid is working in Bangladesh. 

UK funded, The Acid Survivors Foundation’s vision is to reduce, and eventually eliminate, acid attacks in Bangladesh and ensure that acid survivors are able to live with dignity. 

All members of the traveling party chose to donate money towards the victims raising a considerable amount to go a small way to helping the survivors. 

Later, the High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alison Blake hosted a reception at her Residence for the visiting cricketers and acid survivors. 

Following the event Scotland Coach Gordon Drummond said, “It was an extremely humbling experience for the group to meet the survivors of the acid attacks and the ASF who are doing tremendous work in supporting the survivors and changing the attitude of the local communities and wider population about these horrible crimes.

The positivity and mindset of those survivors was infectious for the players, and also brought home how lucky we are not only with our lives in Scotland but also the opportunity we have to represent our country in a sport we all love. 

The group were also lucky enough to receive fantastic hospitality from the British High Commissioner who showed great interest in the achievement and future aspirations of the the players."

Cricket Scotland would like to thank the British High Commissioner for organising and hosting these events. 

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