This is your first time in Bangladesh. How has your experience been so far hosting the Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup?
I knew that cricket had a massive fanbase here. I did not realise what a huge football loving nation Bangladesh is. I saw it after coming here. Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup is a huge opportunity for these girls to play in front of millions of people. As a woman involved in sports, it feels great seeing the girls play, the impact it has on younger girls and the way it inspires them. I also feel very relaxed, safe and well taken care of by the organisers. I am grateful to K-Sports for giving me the opportunity to try something different and work with football.
You are a singer, model, former beauty queen and TV host. What do you enjoy doing the most?
I love performing in general, whether it is on TV or live on stage. Performing has always been my passion and I feel lucky to be able to keep performing.
What has been the most exciting as well as most challenging part of hosting the tournament?
I am someone who likes to learn new things. Hence, the exciting part is definitely being in a new country and exploring it. Also being a part of a tournament of this magnitude is quite encouraging. It feels amazing to get the message out there that women in sports are here to stay and they deserve to be here just as much as the men.
The challenging part was probably the jet lag (laughs)! Besides, it was difficult to get my head around the local language for the first few days. The tournament is named after a very important person. I had to make sure that I get the names right.
Do you have any exciting project coming up for you after the tournament?
I head back to Australia for fashion week. I might come back to Bangladesh for the Bangabandhu International Gold Cup in September or October. I am also in talks to host another cricket tournament overseas. Apart from that, I am excited to see my partner Ben Cutting, who is playing in the Indian Premiere League at the moment. I have not seen him since early February. Nevertheless, I hope I get to travel more this year and keep working.