Refugees give cricket new impetus in Calais

With a little help from their friends, young people from Afghanistan and Pakistan could integrate into French society thanks to a very English game

Cricket is beginning to take off in France but, despite centuries of trying, it is not the British who have provided the impetus needed. Instead, it is a group of refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan who are bringing the sport alive in the Pas-de-Calais.

In August 2016, the Saint-Omer Cricket Club Stars did not even consider themselves a team. They were just a group of refugees who had taken to playing cricket on an improvised pitch in the Glacis public garden ...

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