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The tour organised by Cricket Australia is seen as an opportunity for players to develop their skills as cricketers and as ambassadors for Australia and their sport © Getty Images

Mumbai: Oct 12, 2012 


An Indigenous Development cricket team from Australia is on a visit to India as part of ‘Oz Fest’, a mega Australian cultural festival being staged in the country, and to play T20 and 50-over games in Mumbai and Pune.


The team would play a T20 game at the Cricket Club of India here followed by 50-over games at the Pune Club ground (Oct 19) and the MIG Cricket Club in Mumbai (Oct 23 and 24).


The Indigenous Development squad comprises of the brightest talent from the 2012 Imparja Cup, Cricket Australia’s national Indigenous tournament.


The team’s Indian tour is seen as an opportunity for players to develop their skills as cricketers and as ambassadors for Australia and their sport, a media release said on Friday.


The tour is being organised by Cricket Australia.


Team captain Josh Lalor said the team is excited about the visit.


“The tour is a fantastic opportunity for members of the squad to come to a vastly different part of the world.


“Travelling to India goes beyond what we’ll do on- field. The cultural experiences we’ll encounter will develop the group both personally and professionally,” the New South Welshman added.


Welcoming the squad, Australia’s High Commissioner to India Peter Varghese, said the team will also raise awareness of the Kangaroo land’s indigenous culture and history through a series of community and cultural exchanges in New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.


In between games, the players are slated to attend the opening night concert for ‘Oz Fest’, the biggest Australian cultural festival ever staged in India, in Delhi on October 16 and walk the red carpet for the premiere of cricket comedy ‘Save Your Legs!’ at the Mumbai Film Festival on October 21.


At the festival, the team will attend the screening of ‘The Sapphires’, an inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late 1960s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal community who travel to Vietnam to entertain American troops during the Vietnam War.


Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard would join the team members in Delhi for a cricket clinic, hosted by NGO ‘Magic Bus’.


The event will also provide a chance for young people from both countries to meet and talk about social issues, the release said.


‘Magic Bus’ is one of five agencies in India implementing the Australian Government’s Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP), focussing on sport-based activities that contribute to social development.  (PTI)


Squad: Ben Abbatangelo (Victoria), Michael Bailey (Western Australia), Dylan Fuller (Northern Territory), John Green (Victoria), Jake Kubinek (Queensland), Josh Lalor (New South Wales), Marcus McGregor-Cassidy (South Australia), Aaron Muir (New South Wales), Nathan Price (New South Wales), Darcy Short (Northern Territory), Fletcher Stewart (Victoria), Cameron Trask (Queensland), Bohdi Walker (Victoria).