Cricket heroes lift hopes for India's poor children
THE Irish cricket team took time out to visit some of the world's poorest children at the weekend, before returning home today.
The squad made headlines around the world for their shock victory over England at the Cricket World Cup in Bangalore on March 2. Hundreds of fans are expected to greet them when they fly back to Dublin this afternoon.
But they already proved themselves to be heroes to the slum children whom they visited as part of the HOPE charity's projects in Calcutta on Saturday.
The squad, including Trent Johnston, Alex Cusack, John Mooney, Boyd Rankin and Paul Stirling, spent the day at the Boys' Home, the Kasba Girls' Home, the Drugs Rehabilitation Home, the HOPE Hospital, and the Cricket Coaching Centre.
The Irish manager, Roy Torrens, said the visit was a very humbling experience for the team.