Ramadan is a yearly ritual that occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar year. Observed by Muslims around the world, it consists of a month of fasting to celebrate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammed.
This year Essex Cricket and the NCL are hosting cricket during Ramadan from 12.30 am to 2.30 am through the month of June. The nightly cricket sessions are an opportunity for those who are unable to partake in physical activity during the day, to get active. The sessions take place between prayers, Taraweeb ( the evening prayer) and Sehri (prior to commencing the fast and morning prayer).
These sessions are important for the Muslims of the Essex community because it is often difficult to be active during the day when fasting. A number of Muslims utilise the time between sunset and dawn as these hours are the perfect time to fit in physical activity.
Mash Methar, from the English Cricket Board, said: "The gap between prayers is approximately three hours, therefore there are a number of people practising the fast that wish to use this time to take part in physical activity. The Midnight Ramadan Cricket programme is a pilot, but the response has been really positive so far. The sessions are completely community driven and the numbers have been growing each week."