Jeremy Irons Attends Street Child Cricket World Cup

Ahead of the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup, 10 teams of street girls and boys from across the world had an amazing opportunity to travel to London to compete in their own Cricket World Cup event (SCCWC), from 30th April to 7th May. The Hope Foundation was invited to bring a team of street connected children who are in their care from Kolkata, to represent India.

As well as being an exciting sports event that attracted global media attention, SCCWC provided an international platform to raise awareness of, and tackle the stigma and negative treatment often faced by street connected children. The young people selected to participate had a unique opportunity to build their confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, and most importantly, will be given a voice for street children worldwide.

As a patron of The Hope Foundation, Jeremy Irons attended the SCCWC on Tuesday 7 May 2019, at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

Jeremy Irons participated in Harold Pinter tribute at Lord’s Cricket Grounds – UPDATED


Chris Tarrant joins the Harold Pinter Memorial XI

Chris Tarrant, Bill Nighy and Jeremy Irons joined a group paying tribute to the late cricket-obsessed playwright at Lord’s on Sunday 27 September 2009.

The late Harold Pinter’s lifelong love of cricket was celebrated in a series of events at Lord’s on 27 September. A slew of famous faces, including Chris Tarrant, Bill Nighy and Jeremy Irons, will pay tribute to Pinter – who once called the game “the greatest thing that God created on earth, certainly greater than sex” – in aid of the Lord’s Taverners team’s work with young people with special needs. Tarrant kicked off proceedings in the afternoon, playing for a Lord’s Taverners side under former England captain Mike Brearley, against a Gaieties XI, Pinter’s own beloved team. Theatrical readings in the evening saw Irons take to the stage with Tim West to perform an excerpt from No Man’s Land, and Brearley reading from The Caretaker. Those interested in owning a likeness of Pinter could bid for an oil portrait of the playwright painted by artist Joe Hill. Proceeds from the events will go towards the purchase of a new minibus for transporting sports-mad kids from Pinter’s native Hackney.

* © Guardian News and Media Limited 2009

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Jeremy irons discusses the joys of cricket

Jeremy Irons: “You can’t get closer to the heart of England”
September 25th, 2009 by Edward Craig in England, Miscellaneous


Henry Woolf, Jeremy Irons, Indira Varma and Colin Firth - holding a portrait of Harold Pinter

Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons discusses the joys of cricket with Edward Craig

I played cricket when I was at school. I suffered indignity after indignity. I used to sit there on the boundary for hours, trying to make grass burn with a magnifying glass. I would make the sandwiches for tea. That was what I did, more of a helper.

We had a Sunday team. Called the Duckhunters, we organised it at school but played outside of school territory. It meant we could get out to cricket grounds that were next to pubs. A great excuse for drinking and the most fun I’ve had in cricket.

I would fancy being a bowler if I played properly. The strain of standing there as a batsman wondering what was going to come down outweighs any pleasure. The gruelling mind game of bowling appeals to me more. You get a second chance and there’s an element of mind control that a bowler has over a batsmen.

Local, rural cricket shows the unchanging quality of British culture. There is something essentially English and calm, ordered and measured, yet with an element of unknown and excitement about village cricket. You can’t get much closer to the heart of England than sitting on a beautiful summer’s day watching cricket.

I hadn’t followed the Ashes this summer. I was in London when we won one of the Test matches, with a friend in St John’s Wood and she thought the world had exploded at one point. She could hear the roar of the audience with each wicket.

There are a few films about sport. In films you have to focus on characters and people and you have situations in sport which allows you to do that. Film is about what’s going on in people’s heads and hearts rather than a particular game. But if we care about the person who is in the game it can make for a good film.

Harold Pinter was very furious about his cricket. I remember seeing his study full of cricket books. It was a very important part of his life.

The portrait of Harold Pinter (pictured with Jeremy Irons and actors Henry Woolf, Indira Varma and Colin Firth at the Olivier Theatre in London) is being auctioned this Sunday (September 27) at Lord’s with all proceeds going to The Taverners. Bids for the portrait can be made via email: