Meet the Maasai Cricket Warriors

These are the Maasai Cricket Warriors - the semi-nomadic cattle herders vowing to brighten up their sport.

Ditching traditional whites for their colourful clothing and body decorations, the Kenyan tribesmen are in serious training.

Donning pads and armed with bats, the men from the Laikipia region this week left their tiny village for the Mombasa Legends Cricket Nursery.

They now hope to travel to the Last Man Standing 2012 World Championships in Cape Town next month - the crowning event of the global eight-a-side amateur Twenty20 cricket league.

The players say they want to be role models in their communities by campaigning against traditional female circumcision and child marriages.

And through their cricket they also try to promote healthier lifestyles and spread awareness about HIV/AIDS among tribal youth, they added.

An online appeal for donations on the Maasai Cricket Warriors website said: 'By developing cricket and sports amongst Maasai youth and children the aim is to empower the youth in Maasai communities while enhancing their participation in community development, allowing them to become healthy, productive and well-adjusted members of society.'


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