NSW Police Force to play cricket with Nepali, Indian students

If you are a cricket enthusiast who is from Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka or Pakistan then come to the Old Kings Oval in Parramatta next month to face the best of cricketers within the NSW Police Force. What is more, you may have once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and greet Brett Lee himself, NSW Police said on 24 March.

Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate, Corporate Sponsor for the Safety and Wellbeing of International Students, told southasia.com.au his department has already received ‘numerous’ registrations for the 12 April event. “We are looking for more to register as we would like to ensure we have students from a variety of education institutions but are seeking more to email us,” he said.

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Interested students should send their queries to [email protected] ‘outlining their names, their educational institution and cricketing experience.’

The event is being organised ‘to highlight the strong relationship between police officers and international students’. It is ‘part of a continuous series of events the Police Force has launched across the state, including beach soccer and cricket matches’.

According to Detective Superintendent Dengate, the event will have a number of 10/10 games followed by a final 20/20 game. “All games are on the one field and must start at 8am. It is a beautiful cricket oval and will be great to have a large crowd on hand,” he added.

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When asked if his department held similar programmes before, the Eastern Beaches Commander said a similar match took place in the past at the University of Sydney oval. He mentioned the last event, which was participated by Brett Lee and Shane Lee, was very well-received but as it was on a Friday the turn-out was not as big as the Police Force would have liked which is why the upcoming event has been scheduled on a Sunday.

According to Detective Superintendent Dengate, Brett Lee is expected ‘to have a bowl on the day but he is really keen as well to mix in with the players and the crowd’. He said, “We are fortunate to have him on board and he has been a great ambassador on behalf of the NSW Police Force helping us work with the students.”

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In an earlier statement, he said NSW Police wanted ‘to see the drummers, the dancers and the fans dressed in their team colours to come and enjoy a great match and a fun afternoon, and get a chance to meet former Australian cricketer Brett Lee. He has always been a great supporter of the initiative and has once again demonstrated his commitment to the community.”

“Understanding the role of police and developing a trusting relationship is a way of encouraging victims of crime to report incidents to police. Establishing a rapport with international students assists police to better target our crime prevention programs and resources,” he said and added, “Establishing a rapport with international students assists police to better target our crime prevention programs and resources.”

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