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Jahanara joins #IDeclare and pledges to set an example for girls everywhere

Bangladesh point guard Jahanara Alam during their warm-up match against England. Photo: AFP

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Bangladesh point guard Jahanara Alam during their warm-up match against England. Photo: AFP

Jahanara Alam, host of the Bangladesh women’s cricket team, has pledged to set an example for girls around the world to play good cricket by joining the #IDeclare movement, as part of the 100% Cricket Year campaign of Women’s Cricket launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on International Women’s Day.

“I declare that I will work hard and play good cricket to set an example not only for Bangladeshi girls but for the whole world,” said Jahanara, who is currently in New Zealand to represent Bangladesh in their first ODI World Cup. she hopes to drive transformative change and help accelerate the growth of the game.

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As part of its #IDeclare commitment, the ICC has pledged to focus all of its social impact programs on empowering women and girls through cricket and today announced a partnership with UNICEF to promote equal opportunities for girls and boys in South Asia.

The partnership calls for individual action from the cricketing family and the sport’s billion fans to support gender equality using the hashtag, #IDeclare.

Many more have supported the movement, making their own pledges to help accelerate the game’s growth.

Indian skipper MIthali Raj is committed to nurturing the future generation of Indian female cricketers.

“I declare that I will seek out and train as many young girls as possible to play this wonderful sport,” Mithali said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof has promised to encourage her daughter to take up sports.

“I declare that I will encourage my daughter to play cricket,” Bismah said.

Fans can also join the movement and voice their opinions on how they want to drive the game’s transformational growth.


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