England Women cricketers took time out from T20 preparations to visit the UK- funded Acid Survivors Foundation
England Women cricketers took time out from T20 preparations to visit the UK- funded Acid Survivors Foundation in Dhaka.
Last Updated: 20/03/14 10:03am
The team get their tournament under way against the West Indies in Sylhet on Monday but several squad members and backroom staff took an afternoon out of their schedule to meet patients and doctors at the ASF, which has treated more than 3,000 victims of acid attacks in Bangladesh in the last 10 years.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has a long-standing relationship with the charitable hospital, with the men's side visiting on their Test tour in 2010 - an event which inspired all-rounder Paul Collingwood to become a patron.
And opening Batsman Heather Knight, who was accompanied by Lydia Greenway and Jenny Gunn, found the whole experience extremely humbling and inspirational.
"Today's visit to the ASF hospital in Dhaka has been thought-provoking and humbling. The women and children that we met are truly inspirational," Knight said.
"The courage they demonstrate on a daily basis is certainly something that we can all learn from.
"The work of the ASF in providing support to thousands of women and children who have been the victims of these horrific attacks is exceptional and demonstrates the real impact UK aid can have overseas."
Their trip also drew comment from the world of politics as the International Development Secretary Justine Greening was delighted to see the England cricketers raising awareness about this form of violence.
"Acid attacks are among the most vicious and damaging forms of violence against women in the world," Greening said.
"It is great that the England women's team is raising awareness of this and acting as role models."