Sarwan, Powell join global launch of Diversity Day

ABU DHABI -- West Indies players Ramnaresh Sarwan and Daren Powell were part of the global launch of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Diversity Day Programme.

Sarwan, the team Vice Captain, and Powell, the experienced fast bowler, went on a desert safari in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. The Windies are due to face Pakistan in a three-match Fortune Cup Series at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on November 12, 14 and 16.

The Windies pair was joined by Pakistan’s Salman Butt and Misbah-ul-Haq as they experienced the delights of Middle East heritage -- got a glimpse of life in an Arabian desert and even rode on the back of a camel.

“Cricket is a wonderful game and offers a lot of opportunities to travel and experience various cultures. Everyday is a new learning experience and I was happy to be part of the launch,” Powell said after the event.

The ICC has outlined that Diversity Day, which was held for the first time last year during the ICC World Twenty20, will take place on November 20 2008 to coincide with a busy programme of fixtures in the international calendar.

The day, which is set to become an annual feature in the cricket calendar, will see a variety of activities around the world that celebrate the diversity of the sport.

“Cricket is a truly diverse and global sport, played by people regardless of their age, gender, cultural background or ability,” said ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

“We want to use ICC Diversity Day to celebrate cricket as a sport played all over the world by people from very diverse backgrounds and that the game can build bridges between continents, countries and communities.

“As a South African, I have seen how cricket has contributed to unifying people from different backgrounds and I hope through initiatives like ICC Diversity Day we can have a positive impact across the world.”