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Culture Cup 'Best Experience Of My Life'

13 November 2017

The captains from the 16 teams competing the 2017 Perth Scorchers Culture Cup. Credit: Ashley Storey.

The inaugural winning captain of the Perth Scorchers Culture Cup has labelled the competition as the "best experience of my life", with the tournament having expanded due to popular demand.

The roaring success of the inaugural Culture Cup season forced the competition to expand from 12 to 16 teams for its second campaign, which kicked off last weekend.

The Culture Cup last year launched as an initiative by the Perth Scorchers to help the Club achieve its goal of ensuring cricket was a sport for all Australians, with the state's best multicultural community Twenty20 sides coming together to compete under one banner.

Virsa Cricket Club captain Raman Singh, skipper of the inaugural Cultural Cup championship-winning side, said it was an unforgettable competition, particularly with the winners being honoured at a KFC Big Bash League match.

"It was one of the best experiences of my life," Singh said.

"To have around 10 to 15,000 people clap for you, it was such a great experience - you can't imagine.

"We're going to try our very best to defend our title, that's for sure."

The competition brings together teams of diverse cultural backgrounds, including Indian, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Nepalese.

The teams were selected as the best performers among the tournaments run by community groups around Perth and will compete in a three-week round robin stage through November, before the top eight sides progress to a knockout finals series in early December.

The winning team will be presented with their championship medallions at the 20 January KFC Big Bash League match between the Perth Scorchers and the Hobart Hurricanes at #TheFurnace.

WACA Multicultural & Disability Programs Coordinator Madonna Blyth said the Culture Cup was a great example of how sport could bring communities together.

"These guys play all year round, they love the sport, so it's a great opportunity to see lots of cultures come together to play the one sport that we love," Blyth said.

"I think the Culture Cup is a great example of bringing cricket to the communities, but also to bring the communities to us.

"Hopefully, it just gets bigger and better, but for this year it's just great to see the 16 teams come together.

"We're going to see the best of the best by the end of it."