Now it's their turn to play with Pakistan

Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2004, 18:36 [IST]
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Wagah:After the high-voltage Indo-Pak cricket series, now it is the turn of Indian street children to play bat and ball with their Pakistani counterparts.

Twenty-six children, all homeless, and 12 officials crossed over to Pakistan carrying a message of peace and loads of love for their counterparts.

Team captain Anik Kumar Sinha said during their stay in Pakistan, they would play matches at Lahore, Kasur, Rawalpindi, Larkana and Karachi.The team was likely to return on May 1, he said.

Besides, playing cricket, the children would also stage street plays, Sinha said adding "we are also expecting a reciprocal visit from the Pakistani side."

Team member Mohan Kumar, a liberated bonded labourer, said, "I have never dreamt that I will be able to visit any foreign country."

The children were chosen by some non-Government organisations based in Delhi and Bihar.

"This unique idea will help strengthen ties between the two countries," an official said.

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