The Asian cup will involve Sri Lanka, an Indian and a Pakistan team going head to head in a tri series tournament although the competition is open to everyone. The tournament will begin on Sunday afternoon and games will run each Sunday starting with the final on Sunday July 30. Sri Lanka will have the first double header playing Pakistan at 9:30am followed by India at 1:30pm at Charles Darwin University Oval.

NT Cricket Community Cricket manager Alister Stevic said he is thrilled to bring a new tournament to Alice Springs, saying the idea is about much more than simply cricket. “We are very excited that our long friendship with Yeperenye shopping centre has extended to sponsoring the Asian Cup.” he said. Through Yeperenye’s sponsorship we are able to afford a richer and more enjoyable playing experience for the players. Yeperenye shares our passion in sport being a driver of vibrant communities.

Given the social nature of the competition it’s a fantastic way to engage a multicultural audience that have arrived from typically cricket loving nations.In addition to the competition giving participants and opportunity to share their love for cricket, it also provides the opportunity to learn a little more about each other’s culture.

The ideal end outcome would be that the Yeperenye Shopping Centre Asian Cup attracts more players and their families to join a local club and to participate in the regular senior men’s and women’s club season and junior programs.

The Asian Cup also provides an off-season opportunity to provide our aspiring umpires with more match opportunities and development, this can only be good.” The Yeperenye Shopping Centre Asian Cup is a fully sanctioned NT Cricket competition, governed by its rules and regulations.

Reproduced from The Centralian Advocate

By Anthony Geppa