Report by Syed Atiq ul Hassan

Sydney Thunder, a franchise of Cricket NSW, is excited to announce the launch of a tape-ball cricket league competition on June 29, 2024.

Tape-ball cricket, which originated in Karachi, Pakistan, in the 1950s, has been gaining popularity among cricket-playing nations. The initiative for this competition was proposed by Suffan Hassan, a Multicultural Engagement Specialist at Cricket NSW, who is of Pakistani descent. After a thorough feasibility and viability study, Cricket NSW is ready to introduce this competition for the first time in NSW under the Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sydney Thunder. The launch will take place at Cricket Central, located in Sydney Olympic Park.

The introduction of the Tape-ball cricket competition under Sydney Thunder aims to significantly boost the popularity of tape-ball cricket in multicultural NSW. The NSW Government and Multicultural NSW are also supporting this innovative sporting project.

The launch event will feature a vibrant cultural festival, expected to attract cricket-loving families from diverse communities. This event is not just about playing and watching tape-ball cricket; it will also showcase traditional Pakistani festivities, making it a fun-filled day for youth and families.

Event Details:

  • Venue: Cricket Central, 161 Silverwater Rd, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Date & Time: Saturday, June 29, from 12 PM to 4 PM
  • Special Guests: Fawad Ahmed, Tanveer Sangha, and Phoebe Litchfield, alongside comedian and MC Nazeem Hussain
  • Activities: Energetic Bhangra dances, rhythmic Dhol beats, food stalls, henna, face painting, and more!
  • Admission: FREE

Interested players or clubs can find more details at https://shorturl.at/I72Ik.

Invite your friends and family for a day full of cricket, culture, and fun at the launch on June 29. The six-week tournament, titled “The Sydney Thunder Tape Ball League,” will commence on August 26 at Blacktown International Sports Park.


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