Campaign aiming to 'bowl out domestic violence' coming to Headingley

L-R: YCCC CEO Mark Arthur, CBBL director Halima Khan and White Ribbon's Ikram Butt
L-R: YCCC CEO Mark Arthur, CBBL director Halima Khan and White Ribbon's Ikram Butt
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Cricketers, celebrities, stars from other sports and politicians will all take to the field at Headingley on Sunday 4th September as part of the White Ribbon Campaign to 'bowl out domestic violence'.

The event has been organised by Cricket Beyond the Boundary Line (CBBL) in support of the White Ribbon Campaign, which was set up to tackle domestic violence against women and children.

Two Twenty20 matches will be played with the Women's Combined Service XI taking on an Inspirational Women XI before a match between a Parliamentary Select XI and a NACC/White Ribbon XI.

For Halima Khan, a director of CBBL, cricket is the ideal game to bring together people from different communities and raise awareness of the campaign.

"Cricket is a powerful tool for engagement in bringing people from different backgrounds together whilst raising awareness of the White Ribbon campaign," Khan said.

"For me personally I am extremely proud to be showcasing the diverse range of women who play cricket from a grassroots level and especially those from the South Asian community.

"The event is set to be a fantastic day for everyone to get involved and show their support."

Mark Arthur, CEO of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, added: "Yorkshire County Cricket Club is delighted to support the White Ribbon Campaign and all at Headingley are very much looking forward to hosting the day's events.

"As a club we pride ourselves on supporting worthwhile initiatives such as this one, especially when the campaign chimes so well with cricket's culture of respect.

"We sincerely hope the event proves successful in raising awareness of domestic violence."

Representing the Combined Services, Head of Engagement Major Lisa Marr said: "The Armed forces are delighted to take part in the women's cricket march at the iconic Headingley stadium.

"As an equal opportunities employer we are fully supportive of any initiatives to get more females involved in any sport regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or background."

The teams will be competing to win the 2016 Cricket Beyond the Boundary Line White Ribbon Trophy.

The Inspirational Women XI will be skippered by Salma Bi, the first British Asian and Muslim woman to play for Worcestershire CCC while the men's Parliamentary Select XI will be captained by Lord Patel of Bradford, who is also an England & Wales Cricket Board director.

Politician Greg Mulholland MP, who represents the Leeds North West constituency, says he was keen to get behind the campaign and get involved on the day.

"I'm delighted to be supporting the White Ribbon Cricket Beyond the Boundary line event and want everyone to get behind this amazing charity.

"It is important that we celebrate and inspire others to follow suit and I congratulate the organisers for arranging what promises to be a fantastic event," he added.

Mulholland is an official White Ribbon Campaign ambassador, along with current Yorkshire and England all-rounder Adil Rashid and rugby league legend Garry Schofield OBE.

Ikram Butt, the White Ribbon Campaign's sports campaign ambassador, said: "Sport has a tremendous influence over men's and youth culture. 

"Young men and women play sport, watch sport, and participate in sports culture socially. Sport provides an avenue for promoting safe and respectful behaviours amongst men and young people. 

"We are delighted and very grateful to be provided with this wonderful opportunity by Mark Arthur and to Bowl Out Domestic Violence in all its shapes and forms."

The White Ribbon XI invited the National Asian Cricket Council (NACC) to lead their team, an invitation which was duly accepted.

NACC founder Gulfraz Riaz is already looking forward to the event, saying: "The NACC are delighted to be supporting this hugely important event and we looking forward to taking on the Parliamentary Select XI on the Headingley pitch.

"The NACC team will be captained by Kabir Ali former England and Lancashire player and we are keen to bring together the cricketing family as we all get behind CBBL and the White Ribbons 'Bowling out Domestic Violence'  campaign.

"I urge all the communities to come and support the day."

There is set to be a festial atmosphere at the ground on the day with a climbing wall, a bouncy castle, the Army band and Bhangra drummers showing off Yorkshire's diversity.

And the ECB are fully supporting of the day as well, with CEO Tom Harrison adding: "It's great to see cricket at the heart of this initiative and so many different cricketing communities involved.

"Our sport has a proud tradition of fair play and showing respect for the opposition - values which we believe fit perfectly with this campaign and are easily translated into everyday life.

"Our congratulations to CBBL on organising the event and best wishes to all the teams involved."

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