Without a single blade of grass, and with a crease that has to be drawn in the dirt with a stone, Sierra Leone’s national cricket pitch is a far cry from Lord’s. But the team nurture dreams of one day taking on the greats of world cricket.

“Imagine if we had the equipment and the facilities, we would be challenging England or South Africa,” said Alusae Dumbuya, who, when he is not coaching the national cricket team or the police football team, is a police officer.