Of babas, batsmen and boardrooms

By Our Reporter

The buzz around the ICC World Cup is getting bigger, especially with the recent grand unveiling of the trophy by Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan. The T20 World Cups—both men and women will be held in Australia next year, with the women’s World Cup being in February-March.

“I am honoured to be a part of this prestigious evening. I would like to encourage all these women out there who are playing for their respective countries to pursue their dreams. It’s truly empowering to see them stand tall on an international platform,” Kareena said.

The 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to be the seventh ICC Women’s T20 World Cup tournament. The finals are scheduled to take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on International Women’s Day. Australia are the defending champions, and will play their opening match of the tournament against India.

There is news also that the prize money for ICC women’s events will be increased by $2.6 million following the conclusion of the ICC Board meetings in Dubai. Word is that for the event in Australia next year the winners and runners up will now receive $1 million and $500,000 respectively.

Yoga instructor-sanyasi turned entrepreneur Baba Ramdev will be in Australia this month, to speak about his journey—both spiritual and otherwise. From his life 25 years ago at the foothills of the Himalayas to setting up a billion dollar company based on the principles of Ayurveda, his is certainly an interesting story to hear. Ramdev says he runs Patanjali “not as a CEO runs a corporation, but as a guru runs an ashram”, referring to it as a spiritual organisation. “The biggest goal is to bring prestige to India,” he says.

In this edition, we also have Sreeni Pillamarri, founder of SoftLabs, telling us about life in Australia. Sreeni serves in different roles as a community representative in organisations like the West Pennant Hills Cricket Club, Alive 905 FM, Sydney Telugu Association and United Indian Associations. Sreeni was a Citizen of the Year Finalist for Australia Day, in the City of Parramatta for his contribution in 2018-2019.


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