Afghanistan and Nepal will contest the Thunder Nation Cup final at Spotless Stadium on Tuesday, after both nations progressed through the Community Rounds earlier this season.
The Thunder Nation Cup final will take place prior to the BBL fixture between Sydney Thunder and the Melbourne Renegades. For both teams, representing their culture on such a stage is a special occasion and provides great exposure for their communities.
“It is something we have worked towards for a long time. We have been persistent. Our team is all pumped up and ready to bring the trophy home. We have been waiting for a while,” said Ajay Kshatry who coordinates the Nepalese Cricket Association of Australia (NCAA) in Sydney.
“It is massive, something our community is proud of. This is a perfect milestone not only for the NCAA player but also for the whole community.”
“For Afghan community it’s a great honour to play the final (of the Thunder Nation Cup). It has been a long time in the making and to play the final at Spotless Stadium, at the home of Sydney Thunder, is a great privilege,” said Afghanistan captain Hameed Kherkhah.
“The players are very excited and cannot wait for the final – some are having sleepless night and training hard. It is fair to say this will be one of the best finals in my cricketing career so far and I myself cannot wait.
“This opportunity will encourage a lot more Afghan youth to take part (in the Thunder Nation Cup) and play cricket for their local clubs and believe in them self in representing Australia one day.”
The support for both nations goes beyond the cricket field, with funds raised from the HomeWorld 50-50 Charity Raffle to be directed towards supporting tertiary education in developing, cricket-playing nations, specifically Afghanistan and Nepal.
Working alongside Batting for Change, Mahboba’s Promise (Afghanistan) and Heartland Academy (Nepal) the Thunder Nation is helping to level the global playing field in education. The donation of proceeds will help; students attending teacher’s training College in Nepal to graduate from Heartland College with nationally recognised, higher education degrees and the provision of tertiary scholarships through Mahboba’s Promise in Afghanistan, allowing students to achieve Bachelor’s Degrees at one of Afghanistan’s most reputable private universities.
The Thunder Nation Cup final will commence at 3:45pm (finishes at 4:45pm), with Spotless Stadium gates opening at 3:30pm.
Tickets will enable entry to both the Thunder Nation Cup final and BBL fixture and can be purchased here.
For more information please contact Sydney Thunder.