The Thunder Nation Cup is a community initiative that celebrates cultural diversity and provides an opportunity for individuals to represent their community.
This year the Thunder Nation Cup was contested by teams representing Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Fiji, Nepal and African Nations, with close to 1,000 participants trialing to represent their community.
From the competition, a squad was selected to represent the Thunder Nation Cup All Stars, who will be competing against the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars Champions League teams in Wollongong.
Hameed Kherkhah will captain the Thunder Nation Cup All Stars during the T20 tri-series.
Kherkhah, who also captained Afghanistan to victory in the Thunder Nation Cup, is excited about the opportunity to represent his culture and the Thunder Nation Cup All Stars.
“To be given the opportunity to lead the Thunder Nation Cup All Stars is an absolute honour and privilege. I’m always looking forward to represent my community and Sydney Thunder,” Kherkhah said.
“We have a really good bunch of boys from different communities and a few new faces coming. I’m excited to see them perform and showcase their talent.”
The Thunder Nation Cup All Stars will be looking to reclaim the series, after going down 2-1 in a three-game series last year in Melbourne.
Thunder Nation Cup All Stars squad
Hameed Kherkhah (c) – Afghanistan – Blacktown Cricket Club
Sutha Thanabalasingam (vc) – Sri Lanka – UNSW Cricket Club
Nazir Shinwari – Afghanistan – Blacktown Cricket Club
Tahsinullah Sultani – Afghanistan – Auburn District Cricket Club
Ardil Domingo – African Nations – Auburn District Cricket Club
Kaoser Ahmed (wk) – Bangladesh – Randwick-Petersham Cricket Club
Tushaar Garg – India – Bankstown Cricket Club
Japneet Singh – India – Penrith Cricket Club
Arun Chauhan – India – Chatswood Gypsies Cricket Club
Viwas Saini – India – UNSW Cricket Club
Muhammad Shebak Khan – Pakistan – Waratah-Mayfield Cricket Club
Suffan Hassan – Pakistan – Sydney Cricket Club
Thuva Senthivadevel – Sri Lanka – Baulkham Hills Cricket Club
Head Coach: Dean Burke
Assistant Coach: Bilal Qureshi
Monday 25 February 2019
Game 1 – 2:00pm – Thunder vs Stars at Keira Oval
Game 2 – 6:30pm – Renegades vs Thunder at North Dalton Park
Tuesday 26 February 2019
Game 3 – 9:30am – Stars vs Renegades at Keira Oval
Final – 2:00pm – 1st Place vs 2nd Place at Keira Oval