India, Pakistan teams to 'bowl out polio'

Batting together

India and Pakistan cricket players have come together for bowling out polio. Both the teams will wear “Bowl Out Polio” ribbons while playing the one day international in Delhi on Sunday.

“We need to ensure a world free of polio paralysis for children. We need to win against polio,” said Pakistani cricketers Younis Khan and Imran Farhat, who gave polio drops to children in the capital on Saturday morning.

The electronic periphery boards at the Ferozshah Kotla grounds will flash the “Bowl Out Polio” message and at least 100 children will be at the stands wearing yellow jackets with polio eradication messages.

According to a UNICEF statement, “The cards for 4s and 6s waved by the crowd will also have Bowl Out Polio message.”

This is the third time that both the teams have got together to advocate polio eradication.
In 2004, the captains of these teams ran with children holding “Bowl out Polio” banners in Pakistan.

On decline

According to statistics by UNICEF, polio cases have declined globally to record low levels.
With India being removed from the polio endemic countries’ list on 25 February 2011, only three countries remain endemic to polio — Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

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