The annual HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup – a celebration of culture, cricket, community and social cohesion – will be played on Sunday 3 November at The King’s School in North Parramatta.
Teams drawn from Sydney Thunder’s territory, known as the Thunder Nation, will celebrate their cultural ties to their former homelands by playing Australia’s national sport, cricket.
The sixth edition of the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup will see teams represent eight different communities; African Nations, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Cricket is viewed as a platform to promote social cohesion and celebrate cultural diversity, and the Homeworld Thunder Nation Cup is playing an important role in achieving that. The emotion in the voices of the players selected to compete emphasised the value of the tournament.
“When I came to Australia a few years back, I hardly knew anyone here, now I can proudly say that I got a big extended family and friends here, all the credit goes to cricket. Cricket always unites people.”
– Ravi Adabala, India
“It means the world to me to represent my birth place. Fiji is just an island and when I was growing up, always wanted to give back something. Now through the wonderful Thunder Nation, I can fulfil that.”
– Sinjay Krishnan, who will represent Fiji with his son, Aryan
Trudi Busch, Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Community at HomeWorld, said the reason HomeWorld – which has managed five large display home villages across NSW since 1986 – supported the Thunder Nation Cup was because its values extend beyond the cricket field.
“HomeWorld, alongside Sydney Thunder, is committed to making a genuine contribution to the community,” said Busch.
“Through the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup, we are able to bring communities together and to celebrate culture through cricket.”
Each team was selected after attending a series of community trials. The two top-finishing teams from the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup Finals Day will compete in the Final in January 2020.
The HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup Finals Day will be held at The King’s School in North Parramatta, with games played all day. The event is free to attend.
“The King’s School had no hesitation when Sydney Thunder approached us to host the event,” said Aaron Malouf, King’s School Director of Development.
“A Western Sydney event celebrating the humanity of the sport of cricket by having teams representing ex-pats from the pacific, the sub-continent, Africa and the far east ticks all the boxes with us. We are honoured and delighted to be involved and we can’t wait to open our gates to all these talented cricketers.”