January 5, 2007

Uganda

Uganda and Bankstown building unlikely partnership

Martin Williamson

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.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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