"The purpose of Waving The Flag is to encourage more people to travel to support and express their pride in Australia, and the game of cricket in a fashion that does not isolate from the cultural or sporting influences that make each cricket tour unique, whilst promoting and maintaining positive social and sporting relations between us and the countries we visit.Ē
ABOUT THE FLAG
The Flag (as it is endeared) was raised in 2001 by myself (Luke Gillian (Sparrow)), and Darren Moulds (retired), after 7-years following Australian Cricket to all test nations of the world. With near 30 international cricket tours in his flag, and with regular Flaggers that have travelled for many years, The Flag is pleased to be Your Choice For Fun and Affordable Australian Cricket Tours.
The Flag is serious about cricket, travelling the globe to watch and appreciate the game, win or lose. As much as The Flag visually and vocally supports Australia, we conversely remain spirited to applaud the opposition and their effort to compete to the best of their abilities.
Such has the involvement with cricket been over the years former Australia Test Captain, Steve Waugh, asked me to write the prelude for his 1999 No Regrets tour diary, an honour I am grateful. Steve Waugh wrote of me also in his in 2005 Autobiography, 'Out Of My Comfort Zone'.
The Flag website is promotion for following and supporting Australian Cricket abroad. The tour reports, diaries, postcards, and photos are oriented to those without current opportunity to travel, as encouragement to some day see not only Australia play abroad, but the countries that the game is played, and those visited before or after each tour.
Our tours are renowned for being fun and affordable, and created to simplify the touring process for those uncomfortable with independent travel, wanting the burden of basic organization removed, or wanting to be with a like-minded group. To make you more comfortable with your decision to tour, the detailed tour programs are designed to tell you about The Flag and the countries we visit, what you will receive, and activities you can enjoy during, before, or after your cricket tour.
In preparation, The Flag extensively tours each region in the months before to access the most up to date information. No matter how many times we have visited a destination, things change rapidly, so we revisit each city we might tour to make sure we know where you're going, and how best to get there. When you tour with The Flag, we share our experience, knowledge, and understanding of each destination with a hands on approach to ensure you take home more than just a suntan.
Importantly too, we do not discourage any age group from joining our tours. If you wish to travel to see Australia play cricket abroad, you are welcome to join The Flag. Our tours focus on providing the essentials for a high value, affordable cricket tour for everyone. All you need to do is get there, because we donít do flights, and The Flag will manage the rest (hotels optional on some tours).
SPARROW AND DARREN UNDER THE BAGGY GREEN (SRI LANKA 2004)
THE FLAG has been involved on these international cricket tours:
1994 - Australia in South Africa 1995 - Australia in West Indies 1996 - World Cup (India and Pakistan) 1997 - Australia in South Africa and England 1998 - Australia in Pakistan 1999 - World Cup (England), Australia in West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe, South Africa in Zimbabwe, England in South Africa 2000 - Australia in New Zealand 2001 - Australia in India and England 2002 - Australia in South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Sharjah, India in West Indies 2003 - World Cup (South Africa and Zimbabwe), Australia in West Indies 2004 - Australia in Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and India, Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe 2005 - Australia in New Zealand and England, Sri Lanka in New Zealand, South Africa in West Indies 2006 - Australia in South Africa, and Bangladesh 2007 - ON HOLIDAY 2008 - Australia in Pakistan (cancelled), West Indies, India 2009 - Australia in South Africa, England 2010 - Australia in New Zealand 2011 - World Cup (Sri Lanka)
FAMILIAR FACES OF THE FLAG
When you tour with The Flag, you will always see some, if not all, of these well travelled cricket-loving faces. I am grateful to all these great guys and girls that have assisted The Flag over the years, and look forward to seeing you on tour again, and introducing you to many more Flaggers.
The Flag site has 10years of tales, postcards, photos, and tour reports for you to enjoy, and in time hopefully add to. I look forward to welcoming many of you on tour and becoming part of the ever-growing Flag Family and thank you again for using WavingTheFlag.com
Luke / Sparrow
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