- What is National Backyard Cricket?
National Backyard Cricket is a community event open to everyone of all ages to take time out with family and friends to play a game of cricket for a good cause. The funds raised from the initiative will go towards supporting regional country libraries in Australia and tertiary education projects in other cricket-playing nations.
Many of us have fond memories of playing cricket in our backyards, local park or neighbourhood. National Backyard Cricket is a great way to enjoy cricket this summer while making a difference by improving educational opportunities and quality for disadvantaged children in Australian and overseas. Australians can play their game of Backyard Cricket anytime over the summer in the lead-up to National Backyard Cricket Day on Sunday 6th February 2022.
- What is the most memorable experience you have of either playing or watching a cricket game?
There are too many fond memories we have of watching cricket. Through the years we have gone to some great matches at the SCG, The Gabba & MCG and we have loved rooting for India & Australia through the years.
However, if we had to pick one memory that sticks out, it has to be the most recent one. Our son, who is 8, LOVES cricket and has recently started playing for his local club. Our family is now all about cricket with practices & game nights; it’s cricket 24-7 at our home, and his focus on the game has made it the most fruitful time for us.
- There is a strong Indian and South Asian cricketing community in Australia. In what ways does cricket bring these communities together?
Yes, there is a strong South Asian community in Australia. There are players at all levels of Cricket who are of the South Asian origin and that makes us proud.
Moreover, in community sports, there are lots of Indians/South Asians whose kids are playing the game and it’s bringing us parents together as we get to relive our childhood and watch our kids play the sport we all love.
Cricket also brings us foodies together. We love to share our My Team India pies with the club and other parents bring delicious food for everyone so we all enjoy yummy South Asian food together while watching our favourite sport.
4. National Backyard Cricket is raising funds. Who will be the beneficiaries?
Funds raised from National Backyard Cricket will support education for underprivileged children in regional Australia and other cricket-playing nations. In 2021, a total of $70,000 in funding grants raised was distributed to 54 Australian county libraries working with Friends of Libraries Australia (FOLA).
The LBW Trust, of which National Backyard Cricket is the fundraising arm, currently also supports 1,500 tertiary students to undertake university or vocational education via 11 NGOs in 8 cricket playing countries including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Afghanistan and Indonesia. In 2021, Indian and Sri Lankan students were key recipients of the funds raised by National Backyard Cricket, and this was invaluable to support their education and relieve the pressure on their families facing the devastating impact of the pandemic.
By registering a game or donating at https://www.nationalbackyardcricket.com/, you can help National Backyard Cricket provide transformational educational opportunities for disadvantaged young men and women and give them a brighter future.
- You have paved the way for representation of Indian Australians on Australian TV, showcasing the diversity of Indian food and culture on the big screen. What was the experience like representing your community onscreen? Tell us more about the Samosa Pie which the judges loved.
We loved cooking on Plate of Origin together. It was a very proud moment for us as we felt the weight of every Indian on our shoulders as we cooked and went through the competition. We wanted to break barriers and kill stereotypes and put Indian food on the national stage and we felt we did that and made our community proud.
Samosa Pie is Simran’s creativity at the spur of the moment. The judges asked the competing teams to make an Australian icon using our heritage. With limited time, Simran’s idea of Samosa (an Indian icon) into a pie came about and it was the perfect blend of our flavours into an Australian dish. The judges loved the golden-brown crust and the potato filling and we were able to win the round. The judges asked for the recipe and advocated for us to have every Australian taste our pies. We are very excited to have launched myteamindia.com.au, where we add Indian flavours into a pie with our ultimate goal of having every Australian taste our pies.
6. As the Multicultural Ambassador for National Backyard Cricket, tell us how you will be promoting this excellent initiative.
As Ambassadors for National Backyard Cricket, we take this role very seriously. We have started to position this great initiative locally around with our friends & family. Ash has circulated this initiative within his company to put a team together and we have also made our community aware of this where our son plays cricket.
This is an excellent initiative as cricket is a sport that is played worldwide, so there are a lot of cultures that love the game. This initiative brings those cultures together at the same time and have fun for a good cause.