Pakistan, Nepal, India, B’desh & Sri Lanka students to play cricket with NSW Police

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Nepal’s Honorary Consul General in NSW Deepak Thapa, Brett Lee and senior NSW Police Force officers pose with beaming international students during last year’s tournament. Photo: NSW Police

Officers from NSW Police Force will clash against international students from Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan during this weekend’s friendly cricket tournament to be held in Western Sydney.

The annual International Students and Police Cricket Tournament aims to bolster relationship between foreign students taking up studies in Australia and the local police department.

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An international looks on as the mighty Brett Lee bowls during last year’s tournament. Photo: NSW Police

Brett Lee had participated in the event last year, sharing his cricketing skills with young cricket-lovers from South Asia.

An officer with the Police Media Unit told southasia.com.au that Nepal has two teams playing during this year’s match while India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lank each has a team to represent their respective country.

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NSW Police: A department committed to ‘Safety and Wellbeing of International Students’ Photo: NSW Police

NSW Police Force Spokesperson for International Students, Superintendent Gavin Dengate, says the tournament is part of an ongoing initiative to strengthen relationships between police and international students, an NSW Police press release said. Superintendent Dengate highlighted that the event is an opportunity for his fellow officers to engage with international students and ‘build trust in a fun and competitive environment’.

The game will be held at the University of Western Sydney University Hawkesbury Campus between 8 am and 5.30 pm on 17 April 2016. Sponsored by Study NSW Premier and Cabinet, and supported by universities throughout NSW, the event will see police and International students celebrate multiculturalism and a shared passion for one of Australia’ s favourite sports, NSW Police added.

The department is encouraging all to attend the event which will see the six teams represent their countries in a round-robin cricket competition, which will also see serving NSW Police Officers play alongside the students.

The event is free and a variety of cuisines and refreshments will be made available during the day, NSW Police said.

WHEN: 8am to 5.30pm Sunday (17 April 2016)

WHERE: Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury Campus, Richmond

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