Bangladeshi men playing cricket in Jounieh. (The Daily Star/Justin Salhani)
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Every Sunday morning at 6 a.m., Souheil Hussein drags himself out of bed and endures a nearly three-hour bus ride east to Jounieh.Hussein plays in a 4-year-old cricket league made up of members of Lebanon's Bangladeshi community. The league has expanded exponentially from eight teams in 2013 to 23 this year.The 25-year-old has now been in Lebanon for the last five years, and says he is excited to play in his first organized match here.The cricket kicks off at around 10 a.m. and runs into late afternoon.The presence of cricket teams spearheaded by migrant communities in Lebanon, however, is much older."I like Lebanon, but there is now a problem with terrorists causing explosions," he says.Reminiscing about the atmosphere at matches back home, he says he is content in Lebanon but still hopes to return home one day.
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