In the world of cricket, Japan is not a known name. Japan didn’t have a proactive U-19 team three days ago. And now, they are on their maiden journey for the world cup. Japan U-19 cricket team has qualified for the world cup in 2020 in South Africa. They qualified from their home soil after they chased 56 within 20 overs at the Sano international cricket ground and got their name in the CPL 2020 schedule as well. But this is not the only great news. Apart from cricketing passion, there is a time when the cricket community helped Sano brave the storm earlier and that is a great example of the sport supporting the community.
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Earlier in the day, Typhoon Hagibis hit the main city of Sano that holds the major cricket ground. It is considered the worst natural calamity in recent times with 98 deaths nationwide. Apart from the death row, it has destroyed properties and infrastructure worth JPY 102 billion. That is a huge loss for the country and not only it has devastated the city of Sano but also created havoc in the nation.
However, the young cricket put their hands together to fight this battle as well. Instead of preparing for the event, the young team with their coach cleaned up the ravages of the Typhoon.
Sano is considered the home of cricket in Japan and seeing the effort from the young national team conveys that cricket is still a gentlemen’s game. Because it is only a part of being gentlemen that you put your community’s interests above your own. This shows the true spirit of sport where youngsters come in and show their team effort to serve the community. Seeing this endeavor, many sportspersons also joined hands. The disaster relief project also gained much exposure to the outside media due to these personalities. The Japan cricket team has shown the true nature of cricket more humanely. Kudos to Japan Cricket association.