Southland is a holder of the Hawke Cup, New Zealand's prized trophy in regard to minor-association cricket.
The Southern Institute of Technology has contributed to creating a strong Southland Cricket Team by enticing international students, particularly from India, to come to Invercargill, Southland to study. Their passion for cricket helped ensure that they felt at home in Invercargill as many of SIT's Indian students flowed in large numbers into Southland cricket clubs.
Three students recruited from India to study at SIT have been a part of Southland's Hawke Cup success.
Harsh Visavadiya, Amarpreet Singh, and Venkat Kotte all moved to Invercargill from India to study at SIT.
All three have finished their studies but have remained in the city, firstly to help Southland win the Hawke Cup and now help their adopted province defend it.
Southland coach Steve Jackson said the Indian presence has provided a positive boost for a couple of different reasons.
"The Indian guys have come here and brought a completely different style of play. The likes of the spin bowlers and the way they play the ball so late.
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