Children living in the slums of Argentina's capital are playing cricket as part of an initiative to help them escape poverty and crime.

Villa 21-24 slum in Buenos Aires is so dangerous that most outsiders don't enter. But the ball-and-bat sport is being played here, far from its usual green field.

The International Cricket Council awarded The Argentine Cricket Association with its Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative last year. The ICC says the pairing of students from an upscale school to teach slum children the sport sets an example worldwide.

Cricket originated in Britain but is also widely played in South Asia.

The sport was introduced to the slum in 2009 as a way to integrate children to a game that was reserved for Argentina's upscale private schools.