Australia vs India 2020-21

Team India, at the start of the Australian summer were set to play 3 ODIs, 3 T20s and 4 Test Matches as part of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21. The excitement and buildup to the Australian summer normally begins weeks, sometimes months before the first delivery of the series is even bowled, thanks to all the debates of squad selections, captaincy, venues picked for the games, etc.

 2020 was an unprecedented year that snatched away happiness from people in so many unfortunate ways, leaving them out of jobs. Industries around the world were heavily affected and it was no different for cricket boards as well who had to cut down jobs as they lost commercial contracts due to lack of cricketing action for months. Recovery is never an instant process, it has to be backed by patience.

 Although cricket resumed, the games had to be played with players kept in a Bio-Bubble that negates any potential chances of infection. The Indian team and a few Australian players who played the IPL before the Australian summer were in the bio-bubble since September.

 Australia became the first nation to welcome the fans back in the stands during the pandemic and the cricketing world was full of smiles after hearing that news. Australia and India won the ODI and T20 series respectively before the start of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 which was nothing short of iconic. The world was ready to witness the class of Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, the deadly pace bowling of Pat Cummins and Jasprit Bumrah, and the skillfulness of Marnus Labuschagne and Cheteshwar Pujara.

 However, this series turned out to be special because of the youngsters of the Indian Team who led from the front in absence of big names missing out due to injuries.

 After getting bundled out for just 36 runs in Adelaide, this team bounced back by not only retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy but also winning the series 2-1 against a highly experienced Australian side. What were their challenges? Strict bio-bubble conditions, racial abuse from some fans and disastrous injuries. But, the resilience, the courage, the character meant this team wasn’t in a place to make excuses, it was there to prove themselves and the world that they will achieve their goals despite those challenges and create a rich legacy. It didn’t matter to them that they were playing at the fortress Gabba, because they managed to conquer it and break the winning streak of Australia.

 Two magnificent sides once again proved why they deserve to be ranked at the top in Test Cricket by playing what will be known as the greatest series of all time.


 This series was more than just about cricket between the two nations. It defines the modern representation of India and Australia as cricket powerhouses with ever-growing bilateral relationship off the field.

 The impact of Border-Gavaskar Trophy is beyond the cricket field as it acts as a medium to bridge the gap between the two nations and encourages trade relations. Foxtel Group confirmed the enthralling finish to the fourth Test gripped the nation, with an average audience of 407,000 for the final session that saw Rishabh Pant guide his side to a remarkable and unlikely fifth-day victory.

Such encouraging figures tell you how important is cricket and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to Australia as it has led to the resurgence of the economy at least from a sporting perspective.

India-Australia is supposed to be one of the fiercest sporting rivalries in the world simply because of the champion players present in both the sides. The entire summer was gripping this year, given the amount of close finishes witnessed by the world in the limited overs as well as the test series.

But, there couldn’t have been a more perfect ending to the series. India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane on behalf of his team members presented Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon with a signed jersey to felicitate him on his 100th Test appearance.

We at Australian Indian Sports, Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS) took this opportunity to promote and foster bilateral ties and connect the diplomats of both these nations who share commonwealth and love for cricket. We would also take this opportunity to thank Cricket Australia for organizing this wonderful series and the Indian team for participating and winning theBorder-Gavaskar Trophy. It is moments like these that make this rivalry special and one of the best.

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AISECS Webinar Series: Sport in the new normal

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The uncertain and unpredictable challenges that the COVID-19 virus produced, put the entire world in a spot of bother. The never-give-up attitude of humanity ensured that we are collectively stronger than the virus, and we will keep fighting against it. Just like various other industries, ‘Sport in the new normal’ is a different atmosphere that the world is getting used to.

Sport is a medium that unites individuals across the world and AISECS certainly believes it has helped in strengthening the bilateral relationship between India and Australia. AISECS is announcing a Webinar Series to shed light on the new rules, regulations as well as the structure across different sports especially when it comes to the grassroots level and bridge the gap between talent and opportunity.

At AISECS, we are constantly being approached by parents of budding athletes from the subcontinent who aren’t quite sure of the best way to allow their child to participate in club-level sports. They have a very minimal understanding of the structure and pathways in Australian sports and therefore are unaware of the avenues available to see their child grow. Through these webinars, we intend to educate the community on ways to participate and get involved right from grassroots all the way to professional-level sport.

To do this, we will be conducting webinars with representatives from each state who will be brought together on a common platform to inform the community about the structure of sport in Australia. This webinar series will cover multiple sports where our primary aim will be to spread first-hand knowledge and awareness of the sport, educate about the new rules and ways to be involved within the sport at the foundation level.

The way we will be doing this is by inviting the stakeholders from each game i.e. people involved in Participation, Game development, High Performance, Diversity & Inclusion, Player Development, Talent Identification & Pathways, and State Infrastructure to ensure there are key takeaways for the attendees. In addition to the above, we also aim to educate the people about the rise of women in sport and equal opportunities along with increased female participation.

Through this initiative, we hope to strengthen inter-state ties, improve grassroots participation, discuss coach education platforms and most importantly, keep the passion of sports consistent and moving forward.

AISECS Webinar Series – Sport in the new normal

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Temperature’s going to soar this Summer as India tours Australia

Last time when these two sides faced each other, it was a special occasion for AISECS. Midst all the lockdown craziness and the need to commemorate and chant the names of our favorite cricket-brities, the schedule for the much-awaited India vs Australia 2020 series was finally confirmed, with Cricket Australia announcing the venues and dates for the series. India’s tour of Australia will include a total of 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 4 Tests, with the series being the first international tour for Virat Kohli’s men after the coronavirus-enforced lockdown. Cricket Australia also revealed that plans are in place to allow some fans for all the matches of the series. The final schedule for the India vs Australia 2020 series comes soon after the NSW government approved Cricket Australia’s bio-security plans last week.

Virat Kohli & Ravi Shastri being felicitated at SCG

From the start of 2020, global pandemic has crumbled the excitement of people as they were missing their favourite athletes in action from both the cricket loving countries. But, looks like the year is going to end on a great note on account of this big game officially being played under the COVID restriction guidelines.

After completing the most looked after professional cricket league IPL in UAE, the Indian and Australian players will march to Australia. The real setback will be when the players will have to quarantine themselves as per the government guidelines which is something that the Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli is worried about, on account of compromising his teams fitness during those days. The protocol is most likely to be carried forward and the players need to adhere by it.

The previous India tour of Australia saw an intense competition between the two teams with the visiting team emerging victorious. This time, however, the intensity will be manifolds as the host country is looking forward to claiming back the title.

Over a period, the Indo-Ozzie ties have strengthened on account of culture, sports, education etc. Recently popular on social media, was a glimpse where Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was seen enjoying Indian snack, samosa which in his terms was humorously quoted as “SCOMOSAS”.

In high spirits, Australian-Indian sports educational and cultural society (AISECS) as an organization has come forward and played a very important role in promoting and binding the bilateral ties. By using the rich cultural and sporting heritage that these two nations have in common, (AISECS) strives to establish strong prospective pathways.

The long-term plans and course of events that (AISECS) would deliver, will include the development and implementation of the cricket series between the Indian and Australian teams this summer. Previously, the Sydney cricket ground in 2018 awarded honorary membership to Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri. (AISECS) took the initiative to get the achievement of these Indian cricket legends acknowledged in Australia. On this occasion the former Counsel General of India to Sydney B.Vanlalvawna, CEO of Sydney Cricket Ground- Kerrie Mather, Chairman of Sydney Cricket- Tony Shepherd were present to facilitate both Virat Kohli & Ravi Shastri.

Having said that, the upcoming series will be a boon to the Indian community residing in Australia to witness one of the greatest international test series.

Counsel General & AISECS Founder at Felicitation

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Support being provided to International Students by the NSW government and universities amid COVID-19

AISECS (Australian Indian Sports Educational & Cultural Society) had the pleasure to host an online webinar to address the support and aid being provided to International Students in New South Wales, Australia. We were joined by Hon. Dr Geoff Lee (Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education & acting Minister for sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors & Veterans), who represented the Premier of NSW, Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, Peter Mackey, Director – Trade, international education and small business operations joined us to talk about the initiatives taken by Study NSW. University of New South Wales was represented by Laurie Pearcey, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at UNSW Sydney, Innes Ireland, Deputy Director, Global Engagement, International Partnerships, joined us from University of Technology, Sydney & the University of Sydney was represented by Tania Rhodes-Taylor, Vice-Principal (External Relations). The session was hosted and moderated by the founder of AISECS, Gurnam Singh.

Since the beginning of this pandemic, Australia has a community that has been tackling multiple challenges. Australia is home to a large community of international students from all over the world. This pandemic created special challenges for them. It was isolating and scary for many students as they were cut off from their homelands and left jobless in Australia. Moreover, a shift to online learning was challenging for most. The community was vulnerable in many ways and it affected their financial well being as well as mental health. AISECS worked hard to step in at every possible chance to provide help and at the same time reached out to authorities to work on community solutions.

The Government of New South Wales, Study NSW and the universities have been working hard to help solve critical issues for international students. In his remarks, Hon. Dr Geoff Lee MP mentioned the importance of international student and his work to empower Study NSW to be able to deliver and reach out to more and more international students.

The universities also reiterated their commitment to support international students. Echoing that sentiment, it was mentioned that
“The universities are ready to be flexible for the students”

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Here are some of the key information and important links through NSW Government and Study NSW providing the aid and support to international students in New South Wales:

● The government has rolled out a 20Million AUD package to support international students.
● It has also decided to cover the costs of Covid-19 treatment and test under the OSHC most international students have.
● For free advice and support, the government has a new hotline; 24/7 international student support service, NSW Government COVID-19 hotline number (13 77 88).
● The government has also released a new app called MyLegalMate App for providing legal support.
● Study NSW and the government are now supporting international students with rental assistance.

To check the eligibility and further information, use this link:
You can also download a handy guide created by Peter Mackey, Director – Trade, International Education and Small business operations.

Apart from the government-backed support, universities have also taken major initiatives to help students, domestic and international, to get through this crisis.

University of New South Wales has launched a hardship fund, where students are eligible for a grant of up to 2000 AUD. They have also made changes and special arrangements to be flexible about results and enrollments. The university has been reaching out to its students to offer support and engage in community-building in these tough times.
For complete information, kindly check the link:

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has released a 10 million AUD International Student Grant and 15 Million AUD Student Support Grant to help international students who are facing hardships in this pandemic. This includes support for technological access, food and rent, flight expenses etc. They are also offering interest-free loans to those in need. The university has engaged in telephone surveys to connect with students and the community. There is a special grant to help students formerly employed by UTS. Cafes inside the campus have been making fresh food and delivering it to students in need.
For more information:

The University of Sydney has created a grant which gives students, both domestic and international, up to 2000 AUD and can be applied to more than once. They are also helping students with computer support to have access to classes. They have also created a welfare hub for the students to access mental health and other support.
More information can be found here:

During these unprecedented times, AISECS is trying to support the international students in best possible ways and taking initiatives in their interests.

Team AISECS commends the NSW government & the universities that are coming out to help the students in the face of crisis. Their support is helping us to work in a coordinated manner to fight the outbreak.

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Study NSW support during COVID-19: Study NSW Presentation – Temporary Accommodation for International Students (1)

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India-Australia virtual bilateral summit

Australia India working on intricacies of signing the possible Free Trade Agreement

As strategic partners since 2009, Australia and India enjoy strong political, economic, and community ties. Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, was set to visit India in early January this year but cancelled his plans due to bushfires.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will hold his first-ever virtual bilateral summit with Morrison on 4th June 2020. This summit is indeed a positive development towards strengthening the strategic ties between the Indo-Pacific region and would help build trade relations which in turn stabilize the economy. Modi and Morrison are expected to discuss agreements to develop trade in key sectors, including education, technology, agricultural infrastructure, digital health, critical minerals, and manufacturing. As the Australian economy is highly export-driven, the pandemic has come as a reality check to go beyond its reliance on China.

On similar grounds, Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS) is working towards strengthening the Indo-Australian bonds, be it sports, education, trade, culture, or bilateral relationships. Our Founder, Gurnam Singh believes, “India and Australia share common heritage linked to cricket, curry, and culture.

Talking about FTA, India would have been the main area of additional market access for Australian agricultural and other exports. Australia already has a free trade agreement with all ASEAN countries and it’s been more than eight years Australia hasn’t settled the FTA yet with India. It will not just enhance efficiency but will boost economic growth for both countries.

Also, India welcomed Barry O’Farrell AO,  Australia’s next High Commissioner in February 2020 who served in the Parliament of New South Wales (NSW) from 1995 to 2015, including NSW’s 43rd Premier 2011-2014. He is currently working from the front to initiate flight rescue operations for Indians and Australians.

“I am immensely honoured to be taking over as Australia’s new High Commissioner to India – a role that will allow me to expand the ties between our two countries and importantly to advance the interests, the opportunities and the futures of citizens of both our two countries,” O’Farrell said after the virtual credential ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by India’s President Kovind.

Along with Hon’ Dan Tehan MP (Minister for Education, Australia), Hon. Simon Birmingham (Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment) and Hon. Stuart Ayers (Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism & Western Sydney) in Berejiklian’s government, AISECS (Gurnam Singh) joined meetings to advocate to raise the economic partnership between both the countries.

During his visit to New Delhi in February 2020, Simon Birmingham said, “Many Indians are also choosing to study or holiday in Australia. India rates second as a source of foreign students in Australia and seventh as a source of international visitors. And, pleasingly, India ranks as one of the most popular destinations for Australia’s new Colombo Scholarship recipients, to come and study here, again recognizing the two-way value of the relationship.”
His visit was a part of Austrade’s Australia-India Business Exchange (AIB-X), a multi-month program of events to deepen trade, investment, and tourism engagement between the two countries.

Last Sunday, PM Morrison shared a picture of him enjoying Indian snack “Samosas” naming them as “ScoMosas” and with this, he shared about the upcoming Australia-India summit.

Moreover, the Indian cricket team will visit Australia for the 2020-21 bumper summer of Cricket. This is the main year for us, post-COVID it’s all about Australia and India”

In a post-COVID era, Australia and India have the opportunity to change the business models and build bilateral economic relationships to enable sustained growth. And to do this, the Indian diaspora in Australia, both Australians of Indian origins and Indian residents would play an important role in the future.

For India to develop its aspiration of becoming a $5 trillion economy, Australia can add great value and be a dependable partner in this relationship.

The upcoming first India-Australia virtual leaders’ summit will bring deeper cooperation and if India-Australia FTA treaty is signed, we can hope for a raised Indo-Pacific bilateral trade and investment.

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Mind your Mental Health webinar during the COVID-19 pandemic with Hon Julian Leeser

“If all my pain and all my tears and all that I have learnt throughout these years could lift a fallen head, could lighten a darker mind then I should think not in vain was my service to the mankind,” – Sushmita Sen.

AISECS, conducted a live webinar on 30th April 2020 with right honorable. Julian Lesser Federal MP of Berowra, Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Migration, Indigenous Affairs, Suicide Prevention and Chair of Indian Community in the Parliament on how to manage mental stress especially during a time of uncertainty like COVID – 19.

The webinar opened as panellists introduced themselves from right across the country and the globe. Cindy, Sunidhi, Reet, Gurnam, Andrew, Faalia, Zoran, Navneet, Abhishek, Reuben who shared his birthday on the same date with all of us and Ashish patiently waits for their true and overwhelming guest.

Gurnam realised he was there; unobtrusively observing and trying to settle his headphones across his ears. Yes, we are talking about Julian, who accompanied us with so much empathy and connection that one human being makes with another.

“I know what a hugely important issue this is,” – says Lesser sharing his deeply personal and intimate story.

“I told a story at the time of my first maiden speech at the parliament about my father’s death by suicide now some 24 years ago. Why did I tell this story? My father was like so many men of his age. He was 55, a quiet man, a generation of men who were told not to express their feelings. He was a reserved man, an accountant at the practice of Parramatta. He was very involved in community activities where Jewish was involved in our synagogue. We just did not pick up the signs that he was contemplating suicide; in the week before he died his behaviour started to change and when you look back at it now you would realize what exactly was going on,”says – Julian.

“We were family who always used to hug each other and I AM GREAT BELIEVER IN HEALING POWER OF HUG. He used to give us long hugs, quite unusual during those days.” The reason I spoke; was to effectively say to the people that we as Australians should notice the signs of suicide and know what to do if we see the signs in someone who might be contemplating suicide and somebody in the parliament understands what that is,”Bespoke – Julian.

His words hit home like a slag hammer, evoking a depth of emotions. These were conversations from life, these are people we can know.

Are you ok? Or more confronting and perhaps more importantly? Are you contemplating suicide? That’s a big question to ask another person. – says Julian fast and furiously. Sharing relevant helplines with everyone – Lifeline 131113, beyond blue, has a special COVID hotline – 1300224636 and if you are contemplating suicide and you can’t get through, there is a suicide callback service 1300659467 and they will call you back, men health line 1300789978.

Julian responsibly commanded the frame making every panellist felt like he or she belonged to the frame. You could see his determination and unshakable affection for everyone present at that webinar conference. 

Gurnam, who was effortlessly compelling, completed the triangle.

Everyone celebrated Reuben’s birthday in the end. “I never thought in a zoom call I would hear happy birthday song sung to me on my birthday,” – bespoke Reuben. 

Everyone enjoyed the interaction with the champion and we need more champions like Julian. AISECS can’t imagine a better champion them him.

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High Commissioner of India to Australia addresses International Students on Covid-19 challenges

Interactive session of High Commissioner of India with students on the COVID-19 situation. On 17 April 2020, the High Commissioner of India to Australia Mr. Gitesh Sarma had a live interaction with Indian students from major cities across Australia on the COVID19 pandemic situation.

During the discussions facilitated by the Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS), Mr.Gitesh Sarma responded to a number of specific queries from participants on various issues related to the welfare of the Indian student community in Australia.

In the course of his interaction, Mr. Sarma briefed the students on the various steps taken by the Mission and the three Indian Consulates in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to provide relief assistance to needy Indian nationals, especially the student community across major cities in the country.

In this regard, Mr. Sarma also noted and conveyed his appreciation for the major role played by Indian community and diaspora organisations in Australia in serving the needy during the difficult times.

In response to queries on travelling back to India, Mr. Sarma pointed to the extension of travel restrictions in India till 3 May 2020 and emphasised on the importance of everyone to come together in the national and global effort to resolutely fight the pandemic. Emphasising on the need to develop a feeling of togetherness, Mr. Sarma requested the students to be in close touch with their family and friends, while ensuring that they comply with the relevant advisories from the local authorities and follow the social distancing norms. Consul General of India in Sydney Mr. Manish Gupta, Founder of AISECS Mr. Gurnam Singh and Ambassador Mr. Reet Pal Singh also participated actively during the interaction.

Thank you Ministry of External Affairs Government of India for the support.

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Morrisson-Modi telephonic conversation shaping Indo-Oz ties amid Covid-19 crisis

A few days back, there was a wave of despair and depression among all the International students when Australian Prime Minister considering the current health situation gave the statement, where he said- visitor visa holders and International Students who are unable to support themselves due to the corona virus crisis can return to their home countries as their main focus will be on their own citizens and residents (source: This led to an outrageous reaction of the public as this was all unexpected from the government.

Today, Hon’ble Prime Ministers of India and Australia Shri Narendra Modi and Scott Morrisson had a telephonic conversation to discuss the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the strategies both the governments are adopting for the safety of their countries. As we know, in the counting of International Students, most of the space is constituted by the Indian students.

All in all, both the nations decided to stand together amid this crisis and agreed to share the bilateral experience. Indian Prime Minister stated that their government will provide necessary facilitation and support to all the Australian citizens stuck in India due to travel restrictions. (Source: PIB)

On similar grounds, Australian Prime Minister assured that the Indian community, including Indian international students would be considered as a significant part of the Australian community.  The two leaders agreed to remain attentive to the wider significance of the India-Australia partnership, including in the Indo-Pacific region, even as they focus on solving the present health crisis, the statement said.

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AISECS sent a much-required letter to the telecom minister & service providers

AISECS (Australian Indian Sports educational and cultural society) requested Telecom Minister to help the international student community in Australia by providing a much needed discount for calling and internet services for the next 3-6 months. Most international students are self-funded and rely on casual jobs to take care of their living expenses which include their telephone bills.

As you are well aware, the COVID-19 outbreak has led to a lockdown and subsequent job loss for a lot of Australian residents. However, International students are the most affected during these times as they do not receive any financial assistance from CentreLink.

Official letter to Telecom Minister here –  DiscountedServices_for_International_students

Letter to Telecom service providers – To_TelecomProviders_CEO

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Struggle to Pay the rent

Rent or No Rent?

In light of recent events, laws and regulations are being made like never before. COVID-19 has taken the world by a storm and disrupted livelihoods greatly. Unemployment and closed workplaces has caused great financial struggle for many. Rent is a major concern for tenants facing financial adversity. Scott Morrison’s government has taken the wise and applaudable action to put a 6 month moratorium (ban) on evictions for residential and commercial tenants. This means that landlords cannot evict tenants for at least 6 months, therefore they are not to fear homelessness during this pandemic.

A fair and logical agreement is to be made between landlords and tenants during the period of this crisis. Tenants need to emphasize their need for rent reductions and landlords must show compassion and make reductions or not charge at all.  Landlords are also being assisted by the government as they take this initiative, something tenants can bring up while having the talk. With mortgage payments at an extreme low of 0.25% interest, financial strain is greatly eased. If it is still not manageable, pausing repayments for up to 6 months from Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac or ANZ is a viable option.

Further rules are yet to be passed by the government in the coming days with stricter guidelines. This is great planning to keep landlords afloat and keep domestic and international tenants under a roof. It is a commendable step taken by the government amid the pandemic adversities.


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