The annual HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup is a celebration of culture, cricket, community and social cohesion.
Teams drawn from Sydney Thunder’s territory, known as the Thunder Nation, celebrate their cultural ties to their former homelands by playing Australia’s national sport, cricket.
The sixth edition of the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup saw teams represent eight different communities; African Nations, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Cricket is viewed as a platform to promote social cohesion and celebrate cultural diversity, and the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup is playing an important role in achieving that. The emotion in the voices of the players selected to compete emphasised the value of the tournament.
“When I came to Australia a few years back, I hardly knew anyone here, now I can proudly say that I got a big extended family and friends here, all the credit goes to cricket. Cricket always unites people."
- Ravi Adabala, India
“It means the world to me to represent my birth place. Fiji is just an island and when I was growing up, always wanted to give back something. Now through the wonderful Thunder Nation, I can fulfil that."
- Sinjay Krishnan, who will represent Fiji with his son, Aryan
Trudi Busch, Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Community at HomeWorld, said the reason HomeWorld – which has managed five large display home villages across NSW since 1986 – supported the Thunder Nation Cup was because its values extend beyond the cricket field.
“HomeWorld, alongside Sydney Thunder, is committed to making a genuine contribution to the community,” said Busch.
“Through the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup, we are able to bring communities together and to celebrate culture through cricket."
For more information, please contact Sydney Thunder.