Moeen Ali plays street cricket with Birmingham youngsters

Thursday 23rd July 2015 09:27 EDT

The all-rounder England star, Moeen Ali, went back to his roots on 22nd July 2015, as he visited a Chance to Shine Street session in Sparkhill, Birmingham, the place where he grew up. He joined local youngsters, aged between 8-14 in playing street cricket at Sparkhill Park.

Speaking on the occasion, Moeen Ali said, “Today has been amazing. To be back home, the area where I grew up, and give back to the community a little bit and be part of Chance to Shine again, it’s been fantastic.”

Ali also spoke about Chance to Shine Street. He said, “It keeps them off the streets and cricket can teach them a lot about life. It’s about giving back to the communities and giving children an opportunity. Lycamobile do that brilliantly. To give a child an opportunity in life is a big thing. I was very fortunate that I had it. Not everybody gets that opportunity.”

14-year-old Chance to Shine participant, Kashif expressed, “As an England fan it's really exciting to have Moeen here. I was really happy to have a Q&A with him and he showed us how to grip the ball. This is the power of cricket. We're local lads and it shows that famous cricketers can come from wherever, right?"

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