In 1999, Hameed Kherkhah arrived in Australia from Afghanistan with his mother, brothers and sisters. After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in the late 1990’s, Hameed’s father, Abdul, decided he had to get his young family out of the country. After 2 years, a difficult boat journey that not everyone survived and then time in Port Hedland Immigration Centre, Abdul successfully sponsored his family to join him in Australia. It wasn’t long before 9-year-old Hameed found he had a passion for cricket and the talent to match. In 2014 he won a contract as the community rookie for the Big Bash League, taking him one step closer to his dream of becoming Australia’s first Afghan born player. Hameed’s love of cricket also takes him off the field, where he works as part of the Sydney Thunder Leadership Program. The program works with school children from years 7-12 to engage and inspire students. The program’s focus is on team work, leadership, decision making and problem solving. “Cricket is a secret tool, people don’t know that and I learned that going into the schools. People from different background, cultures, religions - they all come together and work together. Cricket is that one secret tool that brings everyone together!”
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