‘It was truly a proud moment to represent the Indian community’ | Sydney Thunder


Sydney Thunder spin bowling wizard Tanveer Sangha has urged cricketers of Indian, Afghani, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Pakistani or Sri Lankan descent to try their luck for a place in the ninth edition of the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup.

The 20-year-old made history two years ago when he became the first HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup player to represent Sydney Thunder in the KFC Big Bash League.

Since making his debut against the Melbourne Stars at the Manuka Oval in Canberra in 2020, Sangha has won 37 wickets in 27 matches and has also been a member of Australia’s T20I squad on tours of New Zealand, Bangladesh and the West Indies.

Ahead of the start of BBL|11, Sangha – the son of Indian immigrants who settled in south-west Sydney – revealed how special he was to have been a member of the 2017/18 Indian Community squad which won the title at Sydney Showground Stadium.

The leg thrower was named Player of the Finals after capturing 2-13 and breaking a quick 29 of 18 deliveries.

“My best cricketing memory is probably playing in the Thunder Nation Cup final three or four years ago,” Sangha said.

“I was playing for India and we were playing Pakistan…so there was this rivalry there.

“We won by one run, and it was my first time playing in a stadium, so that’s definitely one of my fondest cricketing memories.

“It was a really proud moment to represent the Indian community.

“I remember every moment; every ball I faced and played. It was amazing.”

Registration is now open for the latest edition of the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup which will take place in February and March.

This year, teams representing six Sydney communities – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – will compete.

The aim of the competition is to provide individuals with a chance to connect with their community and celebrate their culture through Australia’s national sport, cricket.

Ravi Adabala, who represented the Indian community at the 2020 tournament, explained how the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup can be a positive experience for all players.

“When I came to Australia a few years ago, I hardly knew anyone here,” he said. “Now I can proudly say that I have a large extended family and friends here.

“All credit goes to cricket. Cricket always unites people.

If you are a cricketer who identifies as one of the six communities and would like to attend a trial event, please follow the relevant link below to register.

Event Dated Time Site Registrations
Sri Lanka Community Trials Sunday, February 13, 2022 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Greenlees Park, Concorde Click here
Afghanistan Community Trials (Gala Day) Sunday February 20, 2022 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Doyle Land, Parramatta Contact [email protected]
Community trials in Pakistan Sunday February 20, 2022 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Greenlees Park, Concorde Click here
Community Trials in Nepal (Gala Day) Sunday, February 27, 2022 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Beaman Park and Gough Whitlam Click here
Bangladesh Community Trials Sunday, February 27, 2022 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Greenlees Park, Concorde Click here
Community trials in India Sunday, March 6, 2022 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Greenlees Park, Concorde Click here

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