Ali Khorami traveled to Australia alone in 2010, leaving his mother, brother and sister at home in Quetta, Pakistan.
Ali joined Berwick Cricket Club this year after receiving a donated helmet and pants, and a Sports Without Borders sports scholarship which paid for his registration costs and a new cricket bat – an important asset on the field!
Having grown up playing cricket with friends and neighbours in a small village, (who he knew well), the thought of joining a team where he didn’t know a single person was daunting, however Ali's skill and enthusiasm helped immensely and he is now fully integrated into the team.
Membership into the cricket club was an ideal way for Ali to get involved in his new Australian community, “I already knew how to play – at home we played in the street with nets”. Ali has found that a passion for cricket will get you far in Australia and prides himself on his prowess as an all-rounder, “I can field and I’m also a spin-bowler,” he says, but “I’m just trying hard so I can get more opportunities to play”.
While Ali misses his country a lot, “my dream is to play for the Australian team”.
Ali now works casually in IT and trains with the club two days a week, as well as playing in matches on the weekend. He says that being on the field is a nice change from his workplace and although he likes the exercise and concedes cricket is “good for fitness,” mostly Ali just wants to be involved. “I want to be around cricket all the time."
So as the summer season comes to an end what is Ali’s plan?
“There are four or five games left and then we have more training. I want to play in a club next season too.” Ali’s cricket sheet, with 199 runs and 22 wickets for the season, suggests clubs will want him playing next season as well.
The simple fact of a finishing season won’t detract from Ali’s passion for the game; “I’ll play cricket forever [as long as] I’m alive.”