All Asian Women's team takes part in White Ribbon Trophy at Headingley

UK's first all Asian women's cricket team posing
UK's first all Asian women's cricket team posing
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An All Asian Women’s team led by Salma Bi played for the White Ribbon Trophy against Combined Services Women team last Sunday in a campaign to “bowl out domestic violence”.

This historic fixture was aimed at raising awareness about the issue of domestic abuse and violence against children and women.

Halima Khan and Ikram Butt, the co-founders of Cricket Beyond the Boundary Line (CBBL), organised the fixture which was endorsed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Bi led the “Asian Inspiration” side which batted their quota of overs but the game ended in a tie because of rain and the teams shared the trophy.

Meanwhile, the men’s game which was supposed to take place was washed out due to the weather conditions.

Chris Green, the founder of White Ribbon UK expressed his delight at supporting an event aimed at raising awareness about preventing violence against women.

“There’s substantial evidence showing that when women are empowered, they experience less violence.

“As a leading organisation in the field of preventing male violence against women, we were delighted to support this event.”

Halima, the CBBL director thanked ECB for their support and hoped that the board continues to take up such initiatives in the future.

“Today marks the start of a new era for cricket empowering women and men from diverse communities to take to the crease and speak out on bowling out domestic violence against women.

“As we move forwards we would like the ECB to support more of these initiatives which aim to inspire communities at a grassroots levels and BEM (British ethnic minority) women to play the game and get involved in the game’s administration.”

Butt, the founder of the British Asian Rugby Association and former rugby league and union international stated that the aim was to make the fixture an annual event.

“This was a great opportunity to raise awareness of violence against women and develop women in sporting roles at the same time.

“We aim to make this an annual fixture for both the men and women’s game as well as organize tours and expand opportunities for people from diverse communities to take part in cricket.

“I would like to thank all of those involved in the day. Sponsors, supporters, players and organisers all played their part in getting out this vital message,”

Present at the game were former West Indies cricketer Jonathan Carter, ex-England fast bowler Sajid Mahmood, ECB Independent director, Lord Patel of Bradford, West Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, Greg Mulholland MP, and Dr Hanif Malik OBE.

The special guest at the event was Jackie Janmohamed, who is the President of Cricket Kenya and the first female to head an international cricket board.

© Cricket World 2016