The visiting England cricket team made good use of the rest day on Thursday mingling with the inmates of the Future Hope, a foundation for the street children of the city.

The full England squad — that has remained to play the one-off Twenty20 match against India here on Saturday — including its coach Andy Flower, star batsman Kevin Pietersen, captain Graeme Swann among others visited the school of the foundation that works to uplift the underprivileged children.

With the media barred entry into the premises, the English players stayed for more than two hours in the evening and played different games with the children. “It was a low profile visit and players showed how down-to-earth they were as they gelled very well with the children,” said Tim Grandage, the founder of Future Hope.

Some of the players played rugby, some played football or cricket and some even played hockey with the girls on the roof of their building. The players relished the unscheduled break after a gruelling series and went back quite relieved by the experience.

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