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© Neena Bhandari, Indo Asian News Service

Sydney, Aug 1 (IANS) Indian students feature significantly in the first Central Queensland University's (CQU) Chancellor's Challenge Cup cricket tournament scheduled for Aug 16-17 in Rockhampton, Queensland.

Indian overseas students comprise 40 per cent or 1,893 out of a total of 5000 international students enrolled in the 10 CQU campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Rockhampton. "They have been the most passionate and keen participants in this unique tournament", a spokesperson for CQU told IANS.

"Cricket is my passion, I just love this game. I hope I can contribute to the Rockhampton campus' winning saga", says Manish Gupta, who is doing Master of Information System and earlier this year had won 'Man of the Match' in an inter-university match.

Like most students, Gupta, who hails from Delhi, has been a keen cricketer even back home. Tejaskumar Shah, a recent Master of Accounting graduate from the CQU Rockhampton campus has played university-level cricket in Varodara before coming to Australia. He says the forthcoming matches are "a great way to make new friends, have some fun and improve the standard of my own game".

The round-robin, limited-overs tournament is planned to involve three visiting international teams and a home team that includes many overseas students from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Malaysia.

A keen cricketer from Varodara, Gujarat, Naimish Patel is looking forward to captaining a team against the visiting international teams. Patel has played university-level cricket back home and has been working at Rockhampton Base Hospital's mental health unit while also doing a postgraduate degree in mental health nursing from CQU.

For some overseas Indian students, it is an opportunity to play serious cricket. Ashish Shah, a Master of Professional Accounting student based at CQU's Gold Coast campus says: "Since arriving in Australia I have only been able to play social weekend cricket with friends so this is a really exciting chance to play at a higher level".

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