MCG Boxing Day Test Match 2018 Packed With Loyal Indian Followers

MCG Boxing Day Test Match 2018 Packed With Loyal Indian Followers

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

Victoria Minister for Tourism Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula

Huge Boxing Day Test With Some Indian Spice

Victor P Taffa

 

Andrews Government is expecting a huge crowd inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground and a carnival atmosphere outside the ground at this year’s Boxing Day Test.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today joined Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts to welcome cricket goers and check out the Indian Summer Festival which is taking place today and tomorrow in Yarra Park.

“This week doesn’t just offer great entertainment and first-rate test cricket it delivers a huge boost to our economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“Victoria and India share a special bond and this festival gives us a great opportunity to celebrate their contribution to our multicultural society and the relationship we have.”

Visitors to the Boxing Day Test will be able to snack on tandoori chicken tacos and samosa burgers while watching performances by international artists as part of a new free festival celebrating the colour and culture of India.

“With the series all tied up at one test apiece, we’re expecting huge crowds at this year’s Boxing Day Test and this festival will give attendees the chance to experience a slice of India as well as quality cricket.” Minister for Tourism Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said.

Andrews Government has partnered with Cricket Australia to put on the free, 3-day festival which features Indian themed food trucks, live music, dancing, street art, an open-air cinema and cricket challenges and free play zones where young fans can show off their skills.

VIC Premier Daniel Andrews

VIC Minister for Tourism Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3-day festival at Yarra Park, outside Gate 3 of the MCG, is open to all members of the public. It supports Victoria’s India Strategy, launched in January, by showcasing Victoria as a world-class destination for sports, tourism and culture, and as a welcoming business and trade partner.

Boxing Day Test is hugely important to Victoria’s economy bringing thousands of visitors to Victoria, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

“Boxing Day Test is one of the most iconic sporting events in Australia, and we look forward to witnessing the passion of Australian and Indian fans among a big MCG crowd over the next few days.” Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said.

With almost 210,000 people of Indian ancestry living in Victoria and the test series tied at one all, the Andrews Government and Cricket Australia are again expecting big crowds as India and Australia compete for the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

 

Abbreviations:

MCG               Melbourne Cricket Ground

Caption:

Melbourne Cricket Ground