The refugee and the Black Cap

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - LIBBY WIL­SON

In his short life, 5-year-old Muham­mad has had to deal with his fa­ther’s mur­der, flee­ing from Afghanistan and mov­ing to the other side of the world.

How­ever, his mother hopes play­ing cricket will now help him for­get all they had to en­dure.

She’s still wor­ried the death threats could fol­low them to New Zealand, so she has adopted the alias Shogofa for their safety.

‘‘I said to my­self that one day my son will be a su­per­star for New Zealand. And I will be a per­son to work hard for New Zealand be­cause, in bad times, New Zealand helped us and one day I will help back,’’ she said.

That dream is sup­ported by Hamil­ton-based so­cial en­ter­prise The Water­boy, a group which links spon­sors and kids who wouldn’t oth­er­wise be able to play sport.

Muham­mad will now have men­tor­ing, fees paid and trans­port ar­ranged.

And he’s met Black Caps crick­eter Tim Southee, who fell in love with cricket when he was about Muham­mad’s age.

Muham­mad donned a gold­de­tailed Mum­bai In­di­ans shirt for a game of back­yard cricket on the out­skirts of Hamil­ton.

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