Tribune’s Report (by Syed Atiq ul Hassan, 29 June 2024). In a vibrant and culturally rich celebration, Cricket NSW and Sydney Thunder unveiled the Tape-Ball Cricket competition at the iconic Cricket Central, located at 161 Silverwater Road, Sydney Olympic Park. The prestigious event took place from 12 PM to 4 PM, blending the spirit of cricket with the diversity of Sydney’s multicultural community.

The event was graced by notable dignitaries including Minister for Sport NSW, Hon Steve Kamper, Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Pierre Esber, and Sydney Thunder General Manager Mr. Trent Copeland, alongside numerous multicultural representatives.

Renowned comedian Nazeem Hussain hosted and entertained the attendees, setting a lively and engaging tone for the festivities. The highlight of the event was the participation of both male and female Thunder players, including stars like Tanveer Sangha, Fawad Ahmed, Phoebe Litchfield, Hannah Darlington, and Anika Learoyd, who captivated young cricketers and children with thrilling tape-ball cricket demonstrations.

A delectable Pakistani food stall run by Lal Qila offered a culinary delight, while the Bhangra All Stars and Platinum Dholis delivered mesmerizing traditional Bhangra and dhol music performances. Visitors enjoyed henna art by Sadaf Studio and face painting for kids by Sydney Fun Faces, adding to the vibrant atmosphere.

The event was supported by Cricket NSW, AFL Giants, Sydney Water, Desi Australia South Asia Media, and Tribune International (Australia), reflecting a strong community presence and backing.

Looking ahead, the Sydney Thunder Tape Ball League is set to commence on Monday, August 26, and will span six weeks, hosted at the renowned Blacktown International Sports Park (BISP).

Special thank to my friend Farooque Khan, a renowned Photo Journalist GEO, AFP and works as a Freelancer.


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