Cricket-mad children appointed as 'Playground Pundits’ for England vs India match

Tuesday 25th June 2019 09:26 EDT

On Sunday 30 June, England will play India at Edgbaston in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, but it will be no ordinary fixture. 

On this very special match-day, three young cricket-mad children have been appointed as ‘Playground Pundits’ and will take over some of the production elements that are integral for making this high-profile game special. Joining the celebrities and legends of the game will be these three youngsters, Edward, Summer and 8 year old Indian-origin girl Anna. To rehearse for their roles on the day, the young ‘Playground Pundits’ have already interviewed Usain Bolt via a video link.

Sunday’s match will be titled #OneDay4Children in support of ICC Cricket 4 Good and UNICEF’s joint fundraising efforts supporting children across the globe. The young 'Playground Pundits’ will support and manage the captains’ press conference the day prior to the game, assist the commentators and presenters in the broadcast zone, make announcements over the PA system encouraging spectators to donate and take part in a special social media take-over. As #OneDay4Children suggests, it is all about showcasing children as the heroes of the day and the campaign.

Edgbaston will turn blue in support of UNICEF and the players will show their backing for the campaign by wearing a one-off #OneDay4Children-branded kit, to raise important funds, using the huge reach of the tournament – over one billion cricket fans.

To preview what is in store for spectators at #OneDay4Children on 30 June, three ‘Playground Pundits’ - Edward, Summer and Anna - helped produce a broadcast interview with England captain Eoin Morgan, led by former skipper Nasser Hussain. Watch the video to discover what happened when the kids took over: 

To help support children across the world, text TEN to 70160 to give £10 on Sunday 30 June.

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