Melbourne, In the eve of the much-awaited cricket competition “The 100”, a press meet was held amid the lively and encouraging atmosphere at Hungry Eye Fusion and Bar to share the final round preparation of ‘The 100’. It was attended by the representatives from different participating teams, media houses, and cricket loving community. Himalayan Cricket Carnival 2021 is scheduled to kick off from 2nd to 4th of April 2021 at T W Blake Park, 63 Gower Street Preston 3072 (The Himalayan Club Home Ground).
From the chair the president of the club, Mr Keshab Sapkota remarked,” We would like to thank all the volunteers, members and sponsors of club, past and present to bring the club with such a proud history and we are committed to work for the betterment of the community for long time in future. We aim to continue the cricket carnival every year with the motto of connecting the community through sports. The Himalayan Club is proud to organise the ‘Himalayan Cricket Carnival 2021’ commencing from Friday 2nd April 2021 to Sunday 4th April 2021 (Easter Weekend) with the participation of 8 teams.”
He continued, “The principal activities of the club are to run various cultural entertainment and sporting activities involving all age groups, genders and ethnicities. The purpose of this activity is to bring unity among the community members and develop cultural awareness with the view to making a tangible positive difference to their lives by developing confidence, promoting well-being and fostering healthy relationships with family, peers and the community.”
The public relation officer of the club Tara Gaire shared with Nepalese Australian. com, “The 100’ is the latest format of the cricket and The Himalayan Club is organising it for the very first time in Australia as a social competition. The renowned sport personality further said, “There would be 100 balls in each inning. Both sides have turn at batting and bowling. There would be 15 traditional six-ball overs (15×6) and a final 10-ball over in 100-ball cricket. The higher scoring team wins the match.”
It was informed in the press meet that the winner bags the cash prize amounting $2000.00, Running Cup, Medals and Certificate. The Runner-up will be awarded with the cash prize $1000.00, Running Cup, Medals and Certificate. There are also individual awards in various categories such as the ‘Best Player of the Tournament’ Trophy and Certificates, ‘Best Bowler of the Tournament Trophy and Certificates, Best Wicketkeeper of the Tournament Trophy and Certificates, Best Batsman of the Tournament Trophy and Certificate, Player of the Match Final – Trophy and Certificate, Player of the Match in each round-robin and semi-finals- Trophy and Medals for kids Woolworth Blaster participants.
The Himalayan Cricket is organising a social competition “Himalayan Cricket Carnival 2021” to allow the participants from CALD communities to ensure that the participants and members from the community have meaningful social connection after the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight Nepalese cricket clubs will play “The 100” cricket competition. This project has been supported by Vic. Health, Cricket Victoria, and Harmony in Cricket Association.
On the final day, Sunday, the 4th, team The Himalayan aims to make it a family event by also conducting their ongoing kid’s Woolworth blast session run during the day where about 40 kids and their parents will attend. Moreover, they will have women’s “come and try session” and senior tape ball competition on the grand final day. About 150-200 members are expected to turn up to attend the event in the closing ceremony. The Himalayan Club would like to invite all the Cricket clubs and Nepalese community in Victoria to make this event a grand success and to encourage and support the interest of our youth in sports. We invite everyone to come and enjoy these matches.
The Himalayan Club began its journey in 2009 as the group of friends who played Cricket together. It incorporated as a Community Sports Club in 2011 as the first one to register in the Nepalese community in Victoria. Many of its founding members still sit in the board and serve the club. The club will continue to connect grassroots players to the wider community of supporters and cricket enthusiasts.