Nations unite: Representatives of the eight nations to in the Thunder Nation Cup with Sydney Thunder's Gurinder Sandhu. Photo: Michele Mossop
The bright lights of Las Vegas may not seem the obvious destination for cricketing culture, but that hasn't stopped Jahangir Jadoon spending a large slice of his life changing that scenario.
Born to Pakistani parents, Jadoon was a pioneer of the Nevada Cricket Association which played against teams from the Caribbean, Trinidad and England.
"I've been travelling all around the world to find a cricket team that would suit me because I'm six-foot-nine [2.06m] ," said Jadoon, who made the transition from basketball to cricket four years ago.
100% confident: Jahangir Jadooon who will play in the Pakistani team of the Thunder Nation Cup. Photo: Michele Mossop
"One of my family members is closely related to Imran Khan. Khan told me to come to Sydney and try my luck, and luckily Sydney Thunder was my luck."
Jadoon will play in this year's Sydney Thunder Nation Cup, a tournament giving cricket players from eight cultural backgrounds the opportunity to experience Twenty20 cricket while representing their local community.
The communities that will participate this year represent India, Pakistan, Nepal, Aboriginal Australia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and South Africa.
Now in its second year, the tournament will give cricketers the opportunity to battle for a community rookie contract.
Sydney Thunder general manager Nick Cummins said the decision to pick a standout player was made after seeing the talent that was on display last year.
"This provides an opportunity for those players to fast track their goal of playing first-class cricket and join our playing roster," he said.
The concept already has one supporter with first-class cricket experience.
Gurinder Sandhu, the Sydney Thunder fast bowler who won NSW rookie of the year honours in 2013, said he would have been part of the Indian team had the tournament been staged in previous years.
"I think it's a great opportunity to engage all nations, whether they are cricketing nations or not, to pretty much have fun," he said.
"If they do well they could become our community rookie and play around the likes of Michael Hussey, Jacques Kallis, Usman Khawaja, Dirk Nannes ... that will be pretty cool for one of those guys.
Sandhu said his best words of advice to anyone competing would be to "bring your best to your Thunder Nation Day".
"Hit some sixes, hit some boundaries, take some wickets and hopefully some of the boys are out there to watch and Nick Cummins might be out there to watch. You catch his eye and you could be the community rookie," Sandhu said.
Sydney Thunder representatives will attend each community round and the standout player will be invited to compete in the trials for community rookie.
Jadoon, who has spent the last four years living between Las Vegas and Sydney, has his eye on the prize.
While enticed by the career opportunities the tournament could provide, he is also excited to experience the rich blend of cultures in the tournament when he plays for the Pakistan team.
"It doesn't matter where you're from, it matters how good you are. That should be the precedent for every club in the world and every big country," he said, adding that he felt lucky to be handed the opportunity to shine.
"I've always wanted to be seen by the right eye. To know where I stand. Is it with the big shots, a regular state team or first grade?" he said.
Of his chances at being picked as the community rookie, Jadoon said his confidence was unshakeable.
"I am 100 per cent confident. Once I am seen. 100 per cent."