Australia may be co-hosting the Cricket World Cup, but Adelaide is about to stage its own international cricket tournament, to celebrate cultural diversity.
A tournament of nations will take place in the eastern suburbs of Adelaide on Harmony Day (Sunday 8 March 2015) with sides representing 12 countries and regions playing a total of 18 matches in one day.
Australian Red Cross is proud to support the Adelaide T12 Cricket Nations Cup 2015, celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity. The day is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
Teams from Afghanistan, Africa, Bangladesh, England, India and Pakistan will compete in the cup. The tournament will also include the World Eleven team, made up of members of South Australia’s Islamic community, and an Aboriginal community team.
Cricket legend and coach of the Australian cricket team Darren Lehmann says he’s proud to support the tournament. “While not everybody has the opportunity to represent their country professionally, the Cricket Nations Cup gives South Australians the chance to play cricket for their country of origin,” Darren says.
“Countries like India, Bangladesh, England and Pakistan are fanatical about cricket, and one of the great things about international tournaments is seeing the national pride on display as fans come out in their colours and get right behind their teams.
“There is a great sense of rivalry, but everybody is there to have fun, so international cricket really is a great way to bring nations together.”
Red Cross SA Executive Director, Helen Connolly says community events such as the World Cricket tournament of nations is a wonderful way to recognise the rich and diverse communities in South Australia.
“We live in one of the most multicultural countries in the world, people from so many cultural backgrounds who contribute to the productivity of our State and enrich our lives in many ways.
It’s important for us to stop, recognise and celebrate the benefits that cultural diversity brings,” Helen says.
The tournament sets the scene for the England vs. Bangladesh ICC World Cup of Cricket match to be played at Adelaide Oval the following day.
The Cup will be played at the Kensington Playing Fields on Sunday 8 March 2015, commencing at 9am.
The Adelaide T12 Cricket Nations Cup 2015 is being staged by the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy and ONE DEGREE EVENTS, in partnership with Brand South Australia, Australian Red Cross, Volunteering SA & NT Inc., Spartan and the Rotary Club of Norwood. Admission is free and there will be food, music, entertainment and stalls showcasing the nations competing in the tournament.