Australian cricketers on Sunday visited one of Dubai’s largest labour camp facilities to experience how workers live, and hear stories of sacrifices they have made for their families.
Tim Paine, Mitch Marsh, Peter Siddle, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc, Brendan Doggett, Ashton Agar, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Jon Holland and Justin Langer took time out from the Tour of the UAE to hear from locals who live at the Al Naboodah Village in Aweer.
More than 7,500 workers currently reside in the complex hailing from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The visitors heard about the extreme challenges the workers have faced, and the crucial role cricket plays in providing an outlet in the camp. Around 70% of the residents at the camp are unskilled labourers.
A number of labour camps have been set up across the United Arab Emirates to service the thriving metropolis’, with many workers opting to live in camps and going for years on end without seeing their family, whilst sending income back home to their loved ones.
The cricketers toured the facilities, played cricket with the residents, joined them for afternoon tea and signed a graffiti wall as a gift to the camp. The Australian Ambassador to the UAE, HE Arthur Spyrou also joined the team during the activities.
Australian fast bowler, Mitchell Starc spoke to media at the camp on his experience, thoughts on the first Test against Pakistan starting on Sunday and his selection in the T20 Qantas Tour of the UAE squad.
See what Mitchell had to say HERE
Australian cricket squads undertake community activities during each of their overseas tours.
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