THE Gurkhas Legends Cricket Club is ready to bowl over the opposition in their new team guernseys courtesy of a recent grant from the Tasmanian Government.
The team recently received a Premier’s Discretionary Fund (PDF) grant, which has supported the purchase of new gear.
The Nepalese team – who are playing their second season in the Intercultural Sports League (ICSL) Cricket Competition – is expected to be one of the teams to beat this season.
This year the ISCL has 10 teams from a diverse range of backgrounds including Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Syrian and Bhutanese.
Gurkhas team captain Prakash Upreti said the team was looking forward to a big season of cricket playing against other highly competitive teams.
“Playing in this competition has given us the opportunity to represent almost 5000 Nepali speaking people who are living in and around Hobart,” he said.
“The whole team is so proud to be wearing our new cricket gear and we would really like to thank our local politician Elise Archer for kindly helping us acquire the grant.
“With the funding, we were not only able to purchase our new competition tops but also some cricket equipment to help us train and play.”
As a strong supporter of the ICSL since its inception, Ms Archer said she was happy to help when approached by the Gurkhas for some assistance.
“Given its profound influence on our culture and our national identity, sport offers opportunities to break down barriers and encourage participation in a way that other areas of our community may struggle to match,” she said.
“Playing sport and being part of a team is one of the great ways we can help bring communities together and promote social inclusion in our society.”
Caption: Local Member for Clark Elise Archer pictured with players of the Nepalese Gurkhas Legends Cricket team in their new guernseys.