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Why are children accompanying players during anthem time before start of the match?

Date: 19 Mar 2016   Posted By: Paresh Gujarati     Group: Sports    Category: Cricket   

Since few years it is observed that children are accompanying with players at a time of anthem before starting of match. When this was started and what is the good purpose of this? How selection of these children are made? Who does this selection of children ?
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Author: Karthikeyan    20 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 6  (Rs 6)    Voting Score: 2

It is one of the common question in the minds of cricket lovers in our country. Why are children accompanying players during every match? It is a traditional custom followed in many other games like Football and other team events. As cricket born from England, They take that tradition along with them to other cricket playing nations.

The children accompanying the players are called Mascots. There are lot of advantages to be a mascot. As a mascot, the children can enjoy certain privileges. The children can spend time with the greatest players in the world. They can learn various techniques from them if possible. They will get free tickets for the match and witness the game very closely.

At an international level, there are various rules to become eligible as a mascot. The children must belongs to certain age, some special occasion, child may be from the organization which supports the event.
In India, They may be the junior level players in the same association of the cricket stadium.

The children are generally selected by the authorities of state cricket board. Mostly the children will be family member of authorities of cricket board or junior level players in the cricket association. Sometimes children from certain NGOs may also accompany the players.

Author: Mahesh    20 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

It was the tradition started from the European premier league where the orphan kids were accompanying with the players. That trend was started due to large number of orphan kids were in need of financial aid. And the matches were played.

Often even to date the matches were played for the benefit of the orphans and other needy people. This trend also shifted to players bringing their own kids or niece or nephews on the ground.

This trend was picked by other sports like cricket, tennis, olympics and few other sports. And now the kids are from NGO and other orphanage etc. And they get some financial aide from the profit of the matches played. In case cricket, the board decided which kids are to be brought into the playground. Mostly the relatives are brought in case if the kids from the NGO don't appear.

Author: Partha Kansabanik    21 Mar 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 1  (Rs 1)    Voting Score: 0

There is no specific significance of children accompanying cricket players at the time of National Anthem. However, this tradition(?) has been borrowed from European Premier Football League.

Not only cricket, this practice has been noticed by me in Hockey also. To me, this is nothing but a photo-opp.

Author: Timmappa Kamat    21 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

The tradition of children accompanying the players seems to be commenced with the football matches. The custom was not followed in cricket until recent times. Though I am not sure exactly when, but the tradition seems to stating with the advent of the T20 cricket.
There does not seem to be any specific reasons for the practice. In the earlier days of this practice, the orphan children were picked to accompany the players with an aim of providing them a little finance in the bargain. However, it appears to have changed now. The children are now selected through some sort of promotional events at the schools around the venue.

Some views associate the practice with the advertisement money earned through the live telecast program. The pitch inspection, walk-ins, shake hands and the toss let the TV channels to air more programming and more airtime. Using children adds an extra element of financial planning.

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