Children catch balls in the water.

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Vanuatuan kids hone their skills at clinic
A child lunges to catch a ball as his peers watch in the water behind him on May 16 during an Cricket Development Program Clinic organized by the International Cricket Council on Mele Beach in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Founded in 1997, the mission of the ICC Cricket Development Program is to improve the standard of the sport in the nations that play the game. Cricket is a bat-and-ball game that originated in 16th-century southern England, yet has become increasingly prominent in India, Australia, Asia, southern Africa and the West Indies.

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Photo: Cricket stars in the making
Children participate in an ICC Cricket Development Program Clinic on Mele Beach in Port Vila, Vanuatu on May 16.