Uganda and Bankstown building unlikely partnership
In The Australian, Mike Coward reflects that while the Ashes series has generated massive revenues, the story is different beyond the Test world. He reports on the story of one Australian club side helping Uganda by donating equipment and funds. Spearheaded by Brian Freedman, Bankstown District CC in Sydney are doing their bit:
"There are 20,000 cricketers in Uganda and nearly all are playing with hand-crafted gear. Given so many have so little, cricket equipment is out of the question. Most cricketers I think have two or three bats in the shed that will never be used again but are too good to throw away.”
The first drive for equipment in 2005 was so successful the BDCC was able to ship a container of 100 bats, 100 pairs of pads, gloves, wickets, balls, stumps and some clothing. Unsurprisingly, shirts from the range bearing the names of two of the club's most famous sons, Steve and Mark Waugh, enjoy considerable popularity.
Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa