Refugee cricketers make French and EU history

Cricket-mad refugees set up demo games at Saint-Omer cathedral

A group of cricket-mad refugees have made history by helping to form the first cricket league in northern France, by winning their first full game and by being named European Citizens of 2017 for their efforts to integrate.

The Saint-Omer Cricket Club Stars are mostly from Pakistan and Afghanistan and the club was founded after the refugees were spotted playing in a park in the town where many had been living in the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp.

Now, a few months on, they have helped to found the new Hauts-de-France cricket league and won their first full game, beating Dynamo de ...

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