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Culture Cup on the Big Stage

13 November 2018

Perth Scorchers International Usman Qadir alongside Culture Cup players.

The Perth Scorchers Culture Cup is set to make history this year with the Grand Final of the Champions League style tournament to be played under the bright lights of the WACA Ground for the first time.

The third installment of the Culture Cup was launched on Wednesday night.

It aims to bring together community groups running their own cricket competitions around Perth, partnering with them to support and achieve their goals.

The teams have been seeded based on their performances across the year and then placed into pools where the matches will predominately be played at Yokine Reserve.

Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers international signing Usman Qadir was on hand to assist with the draw and speak with a few of the players on Launch night.

Western Australian Cricket Association Inclusion and Diversity Specialist, Brad Denham, said that everyone was very excited for this year’s Cup.

“This year, we are very fortunate that the grand final will be played on the WACA ground under lights, I know the teams are pretty pumped for that!”

“The Perth Scorchers Culture Cup brings to the fore the best players and teams, providing a more competitive environment for them to show their skills.

“It also brings together people from different walks of life, united under the common love of cricket.” Denham said.

Captain of the Perth Knight Riders, Narender Khokhar, said the tournament is getting big and better each year.

"Wining the Culture Cup last year was brilliant, having been part of the tournament from start to finish and seeing it grow has been a remarkable experience for the Perth Knight Riders,” he said.

“The tournament was a huge success and I know our team were really overwhelmed with the respect and hospitality offered.

“We’re really thankful to everyone at the WACA who have provided this wonderful opportunity.

“I believe it’s really encouraging for people from different cultures who’ve been playing cricket all year to come and play under one roof, and it’s helping communities come together and enjoy this wonderful game of cricket.”

In addition to the Grand Final being played under lights at the historic WACA ground for the first time, the winners will have their medals presented to them at Optus Stadium during a Perth Scorchers KFC Big Bash League match.

The Culture Cup kicks off this Sunday, with the competition wrapping up on Sunday 13 January.