Jai sent me this nice little snippet about South Asians in Italy who have established a cricket club, and are having a ground built for them by Brescia’s deputy mayor, who is a member of the Northern League (the party that wants to sink boats carrying illegal immigrants):
“Brescia’s cricketers have not had it easy. They have been barred from the city’s parks because residents complained they were being peppered with cricket balls. Now, that has changed, says Safder Mahfooz – president of Pakistan Sports Club Brescia…
Brescia is not spoilt for open spaces – and getting hit by a fast-moving cricket ball can hurt. There is more – Mr Rolfi announces that the council has just agreed to build a permanent cricket ground on the edge of town.
“I want to see more Italian kids take it up,” he adds. “Cricket can help build links between the Italian and immigrant communities – and help us avoid some of the problems we’ve seen in the past.”"
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