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Commonwealth Cricket Masala 2007 is a “Mini World Cup “ annual festival held at
Bankstown Oval on the weekend of April 14-15 featuring a tournament showcasing
Sydney’s elite multicultural and indigenous cricketers, an international food fair and
worldwide cultural entertainment. The tournament is unique in Australia and features 5
overs per innings, 6 players per side and no LBW’s. The event partners include Cricket
NSW, Cricket Australia, FoxSports, SBS Radio, The Indian, Bankstown Council,
Bankstown Sports Club, Milo, Dilmah Tea and the Community Relations Commission for
a Multicultural NSW.

Commonwealth Bank is the title sponsor of the event and Geoff Coates, Executive
General Manager - International Financial Services is looking forward to the second
year. "The Commonwealth Bank strongly supports all forms of cricket in Australia, from
grass roots to the world champion Australian One Day team. Cricket Masala is another
opportunity for the Bank to widen its support of cricket", said today.

The 6-A-Side tournament features high quality, fast paced cricket with players from over
26 communities including Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Fiji, Assyria,
Afghanistan, China, Indonesia, Laos, Fiji, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Greece, Italy,
Slovenia, Germany, Portuguese, Czech, NZ Maori, NZ, Aboriginal, Russia, Native
American and West Indies.

India will this year be captained by Lisa Sthalekar who was the captain of the Rest of the
World team that triumphed in last year’s event. Sthalekar, who was born in Pune and
was recently voted the Australian International Women’s cricketer of the year, is
delighted to have the chance to test her skills against the men again. “Lasty year was
intense but a lot of fun and I am looking forward to playing again”. Her NSW Breakers
teammates will also get the opportunity to play in the event and will face off against the
boys in the Saturday Community Competition.

The organisers of Cricket Masala are delighted that Cricket NSW has agreed to support
the Festival as a major partner. CEO Dave Gilbert said “We are thrilled to be a major
partner with Cricket Masala and support this exciting event. We share their
management’s vision of celebrating the end of cricket season with a Mini World cup and
food festival featuring the best cricket, food and music from our vibrant and growing
cricket communities.” Teams in the event will also feature a sprinkling of SpeedBlitz
Blues players which will ensure that the high standard set last year is maintained. Gilbert
added “Our SpeedBlitz Blues players are delighted to participate and may the best team
win.”

The SpeedBlitz Blues players to participate as guest players for different communities as
follows:
     ⇒ Tim Lang (India)
     ⇒ Moises Henriques (Europe)
     ⇒ Nathan Hauritz (Lebanon)
   ⇒ Usman Khawaja (Pakistan)
   ⇒ Martin Paskal (NSW Aboriginal Allstars)
   ⇒ Murray Creed (Africa)

Other internationals playing in the tournament include Subroto Banerjee from India,
Eddo Brandes and Sibanda from Zimbabwe whilst ex NSW powerhitter Richard Chee
Quee will captain the China East Asia team.

The event is organized by Bhavan Australia and Offstick Productions. President of
Bhavan Australia Gambhir Watts is excited with the growth of the event “Last year we
had 64 sixes hit over the day which was won by Rest of the World against hot favourites
the NSW Aboriginal Allstars. This year we have increased the event to 2 days and
increased the number of countries participating”. Patrick Skene of Offstick Productions
added “This year is special for us as Cricket Masala is happening during the World Cup
in the West Indies. To get a slice of World Cup fever bring your family and friends down
to Bankstown Oval and we will deliver great food, cricket action, entertainment and fun”

The event is split up into two separate competitions. On Saturday April 14, 2007 the
Community Competition will replace the Under 18’s event last year and is made up of
the best players from various community competitions in Sydney. The full team list is
as follows

1. NSW Tamils League
2. India Sports Club
3. Bangla Gold Cup
4. Combined Universities
5. Sikh Sports Association
6. Afghanistan
7. Pakistan Sports Club
8. Sri Lanka Lions
9. Bankstown Sports Club
10. Sydney Shires
11. NSW Districts Cricket Association
12. NSW Breakers Womens team

The winner of the Community competition will receive a wildcard entry into the Cricket
Masala Mini World Cup on Sunday April 15, 2007 with teams as follows:

1. Pakistan
2. Sri Lanka
3. India
4. Bangladesh
5. Bradman Foundation
6. Africa
7. Fiji South Pacific
8. NSW Aboriginal Allstars team
9. Europe
10. China
11. Lebanon/West Asia
12. Community competition Winner
For the spectators there will be an international food fair featuring Indian, Pakistani, Sri
Lankan, Chinese and Lebanese food and also music and entertainment from the
different communities including Bollywood dancers, Bellydancers, Aboriginal dance, and
world music DJ. In addition one lucky spectator will win a trip for two to India which is
the lucky door prize courtesy of Malaysian Airlines, Taj Hotels and India Tourism –
Incredible India. Prizes will also be given out for each successful crowd catch.

For Cricket fans there will be a Cricket fun fair featuring:

   ⇒ Free Kids Coaching Academy - Learn the fundamentals of cricket at the Free
     Activate Coaching Academy
   ⇒ Western Union Kids Academy
   ⇒ Test your bowling speed in the Milo Speedgun Challenge
   ⇒ Impala Bat Making demonstration – See a bat made before your eyes
   ⇒ Play Super Cricket “Test Match” board game
   ⇒ Play Atari/Xbox Ricky Ponting International Computer Game challenge
   ⇒ Fox Sports Cricket Cinema – World Cup highlights and famous matches


Commonwealth Bank Cricket Masala 2007 Fast Facts

Event: Commonwealth Bank Cricket Masala
What: A 2 day end of Season festival featuring an international food fair, entertainment
and a “Mini World Cup” 6-A-Side tournament made up of the best multicultural and
indigenous players in the Sydney Grade competition.
When: Saturday April 14, 2007 - Community Competition
Sunday April 15, 2007 – Cricket Masala Mini World Cup
Where: Bankstown Oval and Grahame Thomas Oval, Chapel Road South and
Macauley Avenue, Bankstown (UBD Map 271 Q2, Gregorys Map 399 D2)
Cost: Sunday: Adults $5, $3 for Concession, Children and Seniors (Family of 4 for $15)
Saturday – free to the public,
Tickets : Kingsgrove Sports Outlets (02 9502 4533)
Format: The format is thrilling 6-A-Side featuring 5 overs per innings and no LBW’s.
Information: www.cricketmasala.com.au or email info@cricketmasala.com.au
Media/Sponsorship/Stall Enquiries/Player Images
Contact : Patrick Skene - M: 0405 406 088
          Gambhir Watts – M: 0413 880 881

				
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