India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will contest the semi-finals of the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup this Friday at Blacktown International Sportspark.
All players were selected from community trials held across the Thunder Nation throughout September and October.
Featuring players from various walks of life and all on different journeys, the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup exists to connect communities and celebrate culture through cricket.
Pakistan progressed through the group stages undefeated and, according to captain Umair Warraich, there is a big responsibility for his team to continue their form into the semi-finals.
“It is a huge honour to represent the Pakistan community at any level and in any capacity, and to be able to do that in cricket is such an amazing feeling,” Warraich said.
“There is no hiding from the fact that the Pakistanis are passionate about cricket and this is our responsibility to play the game in right spirit and hopefully do well.
“I am sure it will spread the message across the community, and we see more and more people wanting to represent Pakistan.”
Warraich’s team will take on Sri Lanka, who missed last year’s Grand Final by one run, and he knows they will be tough competition.
“We are in the knockout stage and margins of error are so small that any bad over with bat or bowl can cost you a game,” Warraich said.
“We have a game plan against Sri Lanka and if we are able to execute it well on the day, hopefully we will be on the right side of result. I am sure it will be a good game of cricket.”
India, who lost in last year’s semi-finals to eventual winners Afghanistan, will be looking to go one game better.
Captain Arun Chauhan recognises the immense pride that comes with representing the broader Indian community, and the expectations to perform in their semi-final against Nepal.
“I am feeling very excited for myself and my team to represent India at the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup semi-finals and to be honest also quite proud to represent our homeland in Australia,” Chauhan said.
“Nepal has a very strong side too. This time it's too hard to predict anything but definitely we would love to give our best shot.”
HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup Semi-Finals
Date: Friday 22 November
Location: Blacktown International Sportspark
Cost: Free entry
Game 1: 6.00pm India vs Nepal (6:00pm)
Game 2: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (7:30pm)
The two winning teams will contest the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup Final in January 2020.
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