The captain of the Bangladesh team that will represent their community in the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup semi finals has put rival teams on notice by saying he’s leading a team that’s talented enough to win the tournament.
“Bangladesh is a cricket crazy country, and any opportunity to represent my nation especially abroad is a dream come true - and a big responsibility as well,” said Asif Anik.
“I feel our cricketers have the talent to beat anyone on their day. However, working together as a team will be vital especially in this format of the game.”
Perhaps Anik’s confidence was inspired by the record number of players who trialled for his community’s HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup at Bankstown Oval last Sunday. The trials were noted for its great showing of skills, sportsmanship, and comradery.
Mohaiminul Islam Chowdhury expected his game would benefit from playing in the tournament that Sydney Thunder initiated to unite people through cricket.
“Thanks to Sydney Thunder for giving me this opportunity because I’ll get to play with different players from different communities,” he said. “I’m sure it will enhance my cricket skills and I’m going to get some good experience.”
Anik said he looked forward to leading a strong Bangladesh team at the Semi-Finals day on March 14 at Blacktown International Sportspark. He said the benefits of playing in the tournament went far beyond the boundary.
“Cricket is the best way for us to make new friends and meet new people while staying fit and enjoying competitive sports,” he said. “The Thunder Nation Cup allows us to meet and play with cricket loving people from various races and countries.
“It’s a very colourful event that encourages inclusion. I have stayed in touch with people I [played with and against] in last year’s competition and it’s great to see them outside the playing field in many parts of Sydney,” said Anik.
The players selected to represent the Bangladesh community in the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup are:
Mohaiminul Islam Chowdhury
Mohammed Al Kapi
Information about registering for other HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup trials can be found below:
|India Community Trials||Sunday 21 February 2021||7:00pm - 10:00pm||Blacktown Intl Sportspark||Click Here
|Sri Lanka Community Trials||Wednesday 24 February 2021||8:00pm - 10:00pm||Howell Oval, Penrith||Click Here
|Pakistan Community Trials||Sunday 28 February 2021||6:00pm - 9:30pm||Blacktown Intl Sportspark
|Afghanistan Community Trials||Friday 5 March 2021||7:00pm - 9:30pm||Bankstown Oval
|Rest of the World Community Trials||Sunday 7 March 2021||6:00pm - 9:30pm||Blacktown Intl Sportspark