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Cricket Australia names Wasim Akram as multicultural ambassador

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MELBOURNE: Pakistan’s legendary cricketer Wasim Akram is among the 54 individuals named as Cricket Australia’s Multicultural Ambassadors. This initiative, part of the Australian Cricket Multicultural Action Plan, brings together esteemed leaders to promote inclusivity and drive positive change both within cricket and beyond.

The ambassadors come from diverse fields such as government, business, community, media, and cricket. They will support the five focus areas of Australian Cricket’s Multicultural Action Plan: Participation, High Performance, People and Representation, Communications and Engagement, and Event and Experience.

By leveraging their specific areas of expertise, the ambassadors will provide leadership, insight, and support to enhance connectivity across the Australian cricket landscape. This group includes notable past and present players, as well as industry and community leaders such as Usman Khawaja, Mel Jones, and Wasim Akram. They will advocate for diversity and help achieve the plan’s objectives.

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley expressed enthusiasm about the potential of this dynamic group to create a more inclusive cricket community. Usman Khawaja highlighted cricket’s role in bridging communities, while Lisa Sthalekar emphasized the importance of celebrating the sport’s diversity.

The ambassadors, representing cultural backgrounds including Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, Indigenous Australian, Bangladeshi, Nepali, and Afghani, will serve for an initial two-year term. Their collective efforts aim to promote diversity and inclusion in cricket and society at large.

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