The Grand Opening Ceremony of Sydney Cricket League for 2017 was held on 10 January in Sydney hosted by Mr Arshad Naseem Butt, President of the Pak Australia Friendship association.
Both national anthems of Australia and Pakistan were performed by Ms Mehreen Javed, an upcoming singer doing her research in Music at Macquarie University. Ms Sukhwinder Kaur was the MC for the event.
The chief guest for the evening was Ms Bushra Salaam, Deputy Consul General of Pakistan in Sydney. Hanif Bismi presented Ms Salaam with a bouquet and then welcomed the audience on behalf of Sydney Cricket League.
He started with recitation from Holy Quran and highlighted the contribution of Mr Arshad Naseem Butt towards the community.
“Mr Butt is dedicated to make bridges between various communities in order to promote peace and harmony in the society”, he said.
Mr Syed Ammar Sibtain who founded Sydney Cricket League last year and conducted its most successful 1st tournament said that cricket is his passion and he believes that sports, particularly cricket brings understanding, harmony and peace between communities in Australia and helps the integration process in migrant societies.
The driving force and backbone of the Sydney Cricket League tournament is Ria Money Transfer. Mr Nik, the Marketing Director highlighted that cricket has no borders and connected people around the globe just like Ria Money Transfer which helps people to connect worldwide financially.
He further said that Ria will continue to be part of Sydney Cricket League by sponsoring the tournament and willing to be part of any initiative that brings peace and harmony in Australian society.
Mr Syed Abbas Naqvi, another strong supporter and management committee member of Sydney Cricket League who is recognized by his outstanding performance in community activities and has recently been elected as a committee member of the Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair, MEFF.
Both Mr Arshad Naseem Butt and Mr Herman Singh of Multicultural special cricket NSW of MOSAIC program also spoke on the importance of cricket in a Multicultural society focussing on the importance of sports in the society for building harmony and peace.
Mr Sibtain presented plaques to Mr Arshad Naseem Butt and Mr Syed Asim Raza, another sponsor of the tournament and gifts to various individuals as mark of recognition of their contribution to Sydney Cricket League.
Pushto Attan dance was performed during the ceremony that concluded with cake cutting ceremony and dinner.
Delicious dinner was served towards the end of the evening and the program was concluded with deliciously decorated cake cutting ceremony.