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Brett Lee: ICC Women’s T20 World Cup presents a unique and proud opportunity for cricket

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By Brett Lee

Women’s cricket could reach the next level in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 and I’m incredibly proud that Australia will play host to this historic tournament.

We have already seen just how far the women’s game has come in such a short space of time, developing leaps and bounds even since the first Women’s T20 World Cup in 2009.

But the chance for that to go one better is really exciting, for the sport in general and for cricket in Australia, which makes it a privilege to watch it unfold first-hand.

The first game at the Sydney Showground between Australia and India could really set a tone for the tournament, with a match-up between two of the most impressive teams in the game.

We saw in the tri-series that these two countries play exciting brands of cricket and I can’t wait for what is not only going to be a fantastic match, but also a huge occasion for global sport.

With matches in six venues across Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Melbourne, it’s amazing that Australia has the opportunity to bring the best in the world together in a festive atmosphere.

These grounds are among the best in the world, for both players and fans, and the power and artistry that comes with women’s cricket will be fantastic to watch.

Each game and ground will provide a brilliant spectacle but there is something even more special about the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the home of my first five-wicket haul on Test debut for Australia.

Hosting the final there on 8 March will be an occasion to behold, and the prospect of breaking the record attendance for a women’s sporting event – on International Women’s Day – is an extra special one.

It is a big ambition, but women’s cricket has continued to pleasantly surprise me and proven that these challenges are achievable.

To do that, we’d need to see a crowd like we’ve never seen before, so I’d love for the fans of all countries, cricket, and sport in general to make themselves counted at the Big Dance.

Whether it’s at the MCG or the venues around Australia, the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 is a chance to be a part of history, creating memories which will stay with people for generations.

As part of this, Australia will be playing host to some of the greatest cricketers of all time.

The home nation will be confident in their chances having won the tournament four times so far. And in Meg Lanning, they have a really special captain who is the perfect lead to her team of superstars.

England and New Zealand, led by Heather Knight and Sophie Devine, also bring with them incredibly solid and talented teams that should feel confident of doing well.

With Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Shafali Verma in their batting unit, we’ll also need to keep a close eye on India, a side who are set to add a fourth dimension to this tournament.

But what strikes me most about the teams coming to Australia is how the gap between the top few teams and the rest is narrowing.

All ten countries will be confident of producing strong performances and results in this competition, which makes the battle to reach the semi-finals in Sydney and the final in Melbourne even more exciting.

The future is therefore bright for the women’s game, and if the tournament is able to reach its predicted new heights, then the sky really is the limit.

Source: ICC Media Zone

UnINDIAN: Cross cultural romantic comedy to open on Oct. 15

By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 9 July : unINDIAN, one of the most anticipated Australian film releases of the year, will open at cinemas across the country on October 15.The cross-cultural comedy, starring Brett Lee and Tannishtha Chatterjee, and directed by Anupam Sharma, was filmed in Sydney last summer and is the first production of the Australia India Film Fund (AIFF).
unINDIAN is an Australian romantic comedy with a little spice and a lot of heart! It follows the chequered path of Aussie bloke Will as he attempts to woo the gorgeous Indian woman Meera who lives in Sydney with her daughter.
Alongside the cricket superstar Lee and internationally acclaimed actress Tannishtha Chatterjee (Bhopal: A Prayer of Rain, Siddharth, Brick Lane), the film’s illustrious support cast includes John Howard, Tiriel Mora, Maya Sathimoorthy, Arka Das, Sarah Roberts, Adam Dunn, Nicholas Brown, Kumu Merani, Bollywood stars Supriyaji Pathak Kapur and Akash Kurana, and our own Bollywood Queen, Pallavi Sharda.
Talking to SAT, Anupam Sharma said, “It is a tongue in cheek look at cross cultural relationship in modern Australia where love wins and stigma attached are useless.”
“It is a film which is about our community in Australia. A cross cultural romance and presents a diverse face of real Australia.
This is more than a film …it is a statement from Indian community. It is a romantic comedy …so no messages,” he said.
unINDIAN is being released in Australia by the highly successful specialist distributor Friends India Entertainment (FIE), with distribution consultant Tait Brady working alongside FIE’s Vvikas Paul on the release. Former Screen Australia executive Kathleen Drumm is consulting to the producers on the international distribution strategy and Tracey Mair’s TM Publicity will manage the Australian publicity and promotions campaign.
“unINDIAN is a hugely entertaining film and we know audiences across Australia are going to fall in love with its wonderful cast of characters, including Brett Lee in his first starring role. It’s set to be a real breakthrough release in this country for a cross-cultural film that speaks to the mainstream Australian audience, and we will be backing it with a huge marketing and publicity campaign that will see the film on more than 80 screens nationally from October 15,” Tait Brady said.
“Presented by Devendra Gupta and directed by Anupam Sharma, unINDIAN was written by Thushy Sathi, produced by Anupam Sharma and Lisa Duff (Last Cab To Darwin), executive produced by Devendra Gupta and Chandru Tolani, filmed by Martin McGrath ACS (Muriel’s Wedding, Killing Time) and edited by Academy Award® nominated Marcus D’Arcy (Lorenzo’s Oil, Babe), with support from Screen Australia, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, as well as UNSW Australia (the University of New South Wales), Guvera Music and Cochlear Ltd, “ says a media release.
– SAT News Service.