In focus

The ICC piloted a partnership with the educational charity Room to Read during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, and the success of this initiative convinced both parties to extend the relationship through to 2015.

One of the early fruits of this continuation has been the development of local language cricket books to promote literacy. The books feature Sri Lanka Test and ODI Captain Angelo Mathews (Little Angelo’s Big Day Out is available in both Sinhalese and Tamil) and India Batsman Virat Kohli (Virat Ki Pari is available in Hindi).

Room to Read’s ambition to promote access to literacy and girls’ education has resonated with many of cricket’s leading players including Shane Watson, who is a global champion of this cause.