Melbourne, June 19 (ANI): Australian cricketer Brad Hodge today joined Indian students and members of Victoria Police on the cricket pitch to promote a message of harmony.
Representatives of the groups formed mixed teams to take part in a game of Laneway Cricket in Melbourne's CBD.
The initiative is an extension of programs Cricket Victoria and partner organisations have conducted over several years to promote multiculturalism in cricket.
Hodge, a student, has strong connections with India, having toured the subcontinent with the Australian team and played alongside many Indians in the IPL.
"Whenever any Australian cricketers go to India, we're welcomed with open arms. Today is about standing alongside Indians who've come to Australia and letting them know that we welcome them, and value highly their contribution to our country," he said.
Federation of Indian Students in Australia (FISA) President Amit Menghani welcomed the support.
"It is wonderful to see such a positive initiative from the cricket community and the Victorian Police," he said.
Footscray-based Community Liaison Officer Leading Senior Constable Craig Spicer said the cricket match helped improve on relationships between police and the Indian sub-continent community.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland added his support to the initiative.
"Cricket, being a common passion of Australia and India, including our many Indian friends who live in Australia, hopes it can play a role in positive relationship building." (ANI)