Cricket Australia welcomes diverse multicultural ambassadors

By Our Reporter
Tanveer, an Australian cricketer from southwest Sydney, embodies the spirit of multiculturalism in sport, proudly representing his South Asian heritage

Cricket Australia has launched its Multicultural Ambassador Program, appointing 53 individuals from various sectors to advocate for inclusivity and positive change in the sport and the broader community.

A key action in Australian Cricket’s Multicultural Action Plan, the Ambassador Program brings together esteemed leaders from various sectors to advocate for inclusivity and drive positive change within the sport and wider community.

The list of ambassadors includes many past and current players, as well as industry and community leaders, who will champion diversity and support the goals outlined in the Multicultural Action Plan. Inaugural ambassadors include Usman Khawaja, Alana King, Scott Boland, Mel Jones, Wasim Akram, Ravi Shastri, Lisa Sthalekar, Kishwar Chowdhury, Peter Varghese, Swati Dave, and Fawad Ahmed.

The full list of ambassadors can be found on the Cricket Australia website.

The ambassadors, hailing from government, business, community, media, and cricket, will help drive the five focus areas of Australian Cricket’s Multicultural Action Plan: Participation, High Performance, People and Representation, Communications and Engagement, and Event and Experience. Focusing on areas specific to their expertise, the ambassadors will offer leadership, insight, and support to foster greater connectivity across the Australian cricket landscape.

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said: “We are thrilled to welcome such a dynamic and diverse group as Multicultural Ambassadors. Their collective leadership, expertise, and passion will be instrumental in driving meaningful change and fostering a more inclusive cricketing community.

Ravi Shastri // Photo: Indira Laisram

“The Multicultural Ambassador Program represents Cricket Australia’s unwavering commitment to creating a sport that reflects contemporary Australian society and embraces individuals from all backgrounds. Through collaboration and collective action, the program aims to ensure that cricket remains a welcoming and inclusive sport for all. Our objectives are clear: to create more opportunities for multicultural members of the community to engage with cricket, break down barriers, build trust, and drive progress.”

Australian player Usman Khawaja said: “I am proud to sign on as one of Cricket Australia’s Multicultural Ambassadors. I see the sport as a bridge that connects communities and welcomes all, fostering understanding, respect, and unity. As a sport, we need to take the next step to ensure we get a greater and more equitable representation of the community as a whole by creating opportunities, celebrating our shared love for the game, and inspiring members of all backgrounds to get involved.”

Former Australian player and cricket commentator Lisa Sthalekar said: “Being a Cricket Australia Multicultural Ambassador is an incredible honour. It’s a role that allows me to celebrate and promote the diversity that makes our sport so vibrant and inclusive. Cricket has the power to unite people from all backgrounds, and I am committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels welcome and inspired to be a part of the game.”

Engaged for an initial two-year period, the diverse lineup of ambassadors reflects a broad spectrum of cultural backgrounds, with representatives from Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, Indigenous Australian, Bangladeshi, Nepali, and Afghani communities. Among the ambassadors are distinguished high-profile figures, influential business leaders, and community champions. This diverse composition ensures a multifaceted approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities related to diversity and inclusion in cricket and society across all levels.

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