The Cricket Paper - - OPINION -

BAL­LET bar­res may not yet have been in­stalled at Lord’s, but the MCC have joined the Royal Academy of Dance in pro­mot­ing bal­let and cricket in lo­cal pri­mary schools un­der the ban­ner of Project B.

The idea is to show school chil­dren the con­nec­tion be­tween sport and dance, and to chal­lenge stereo­types of crick­eters and dancers – more boys be­ing en­cour­aged to slip on demi-pointes and more girls em­bold­ened to strap on the pads.

Royal Bal­let Prin­ci­pal Dancer and cricket en­thu­si­ast, Alexan­der Campbell, is the RAD’s Am­bas­sador for the project, while Char­lotte Ed­wards, for­mer Eng­land’s Women cap­tain, will sup­port the ven­ture as the MCC’s am­bas­sador.

The match-up might seem barmy to some, but crick­eters have al­ready shown their nat­u­ral ap­ti­tude for dance with the suc­cess of Mark Ram­prakash and Dar­ren Gough on Strictly Come Danc­ing.

This prob­a­bly aims to be a bit more high brow, though if it ends with T20 be­ing played in tu­tus it might just also be the fu­ture.

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