Former South African cricketer Gary Kirsten is changing hundreds of lives in a Small town of South Africa named Khayelitsha in Western Cape.
Kirsten played 101 Tests and 185 one-day internationals for South Africa, and scored 14,087 international runs. Post-retirement, he has taken up training jobs over the globe. He guided India to the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup title in 2011.
Be that as it may, far from the international scene, in Khayelitsha, Kirsten is moving in the direction of changing the lives of children through cricket. When he originally landed in this community, six-seven years back, he connected with the key of one of the schools, and discovered there was no games office accessible for the children.
"There used to be no appetite for the game here, and five years later, we've got 450 kids playing cricket every week," Kirsten said. "There's a lot of talent in young cricketers here, and every year, two or three of them are getting scholarships to get to the elite schools in Cape Town. So that's a great opportunity for them, but I think for me, I'd love to create a cricket excellence programme here, at one of the schools which could be recognized as one of the top-end cricket schools in the country."