This year the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup is being expanded to offer female cricketers and teams from the ACT and Regional NSW the chance to represent their communities for the first time.
The competition, supported by MoneyGram for the fourth year, aims to share the experience and the excitement of Big Bash cricket with players from India, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan.
Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon, who believes the competition is one of the leading community initiatives in sport, thanked MoneyGram for their continued support.
"Sydney Thunder is passionate about engaging and giving back meaningfully to our Thunder Nation," said Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon.
"The MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase and celebrate the diversity of cricket loving communities in our Thunder region.
"MoneyGram is a valued partner who share our values of excellence and inclusiveness. Their support enables us to provide an opportunity for thousands of players in our Thunder Nation.
"I am particularly excited about the opportunity we can provide to female cricketers and those that just want to give cricket a go with the inaugural female MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup competition."
More than 1,000 participants are to be involved in the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup. The leading players will be selected by Sydney Thunder officials, including the Governor of the Thunder Nation Mark Waugh to play in the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup All-Stars that will feature matches against other multi-cultural teams and overseas touring sides.
MoneyGram, as the official partner of the International Cricket Council (ICC), is committed to supporting the initiatives focused on shared passion for this sport among local communities. “At MoneyGram we believe that cricket has the unique power to bring people closer across geographies. Even if you’re far away from your family, being a cricket fan can help you feel at home,” said Michael Minassian, MoneyGram’s head of Australia Indonesia and Oceania.
“Our association with Sydney Thunder and sponsorship of this competition for the fourth time has certainly helped establish MoneyGram as a preferred brand for South Asians living in Australia. I’m happy to see this tournament grow and looking forward to the matches enabling female cricketers to showcase their talent for the first time,” added Minassian.
Lyneham Ovals in Canberra will also host a round of the competition with teams from all eight backgrounds from across ACT and Regional NSW.
The winning team from each community will represent their country in the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup semi-finals on November 12 at Blacktown International Sports Park.
The final will once again take place during the Big Bash season at Spotless Stadium.