British Deputy High Commission hosts a friendly Commonwealth cricket match in Mumbai

The gathering in Mumbai is one of many Commonwealth Big Lunches happening across the 53 Commonwealth nations from 12 March - Commonwealth Day - until Sunday 22 April

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The British Deputy High Commission hosted a friendly Commonwealth cricket match in Mumbai at the Police Gymkhana, Marine Lines on Saturday, 7 April 2018 with the support of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and other diplomatic missions to celebrate the Commonwealth, shared values and to build connections through food.

With cricket being a widely played game among many countries of the Commonwealth, this friendly match in Mumbai as part of the Commonwealth Big Lunch aimed to invoke sporting spirit, camaraderie, and renewed ties.

Using the T20 format and a mixed gender team, the players from the assortment of diplomatic missions representing Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom competed with veterans and former players from the Mumbai Cricket Association in this friendly match.

The invited guests were from the network of Commonwealth scholars, the Queen’s Young Leader award winners, Chevening scholars and other diplomatic contacts.

The gathering in Mumbai is one of many Commonwealth Big Lunches happening across the 53 Commonwealth nations from 12 March - Commonwealth Day - until Sunday 22 April.

Launched by the Eden Project in partnership with the UK Government, thousands of people from across the Commonwealth are coming together to celebrate, discover and share their Commonwealth links, stories, and experiences with one another over a shared meal and activity.

Lunches are being held ahead of and during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018. Unfolding over five days, leaders and foreign ministers from up to 53 countries and over 2,000 delegates will gather in London and Windsor, UK, from 16 - 20 April to discuss and agree how to work together to address shared global challenges.

Crispin Simon the British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India, the Director General of the Department for International Trade, India and South Asia said “With cricket as a unifying game, we want to bring people and communities together to celebrate a sense of common purpose. The aim of this year’s CHOGM, ‘Towards a Common Future’ signifies just that. It will be another great opportunity to appreciate and strengthen the connections we’ve got to each other and to keep alive the relevance of the Commonwealth.”

Commonwealth Big Lunches were inspired by and build on the Eden Project’s annual Big Lunch, which was launched in 2009 as a way to connect people with their communities over a shared meal.
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