Indian-born Sandhu in Australia PM's XI
Indian-born fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu was yesterday called up for the Australia Prime Minister's XI match against the West Indies in Canberra. Nineteen-year-old Sandhu, who is the first Indian-born cricketer to have played for Australia national side (U-19), seems to have pleased the CA selectors. He was picked for the one-day match on Jan 29.
“We have been very pleased with the progress of Indian-born fast bowler Sandhu, who has performed well for the Sydney Thunder following strong performances for Australia in last year’s Under-19 World Cup,” National Selection Panel chairman John Inverarity said yesterday.
Alongside Sandhu, the selectors also picked Pakistani asylum-seeker Fawad Ahmed, who was granted a permanent Australia visa in November. The 33-year-old leg-spinner left his home in the border region near Afghanistan to come to Australia on a short-stay visa to play cricket in 2010 and has established his credentials at the Melbourne Renegades.
PM’s XI: Ricky Ponting (capt), Brad Haddin, Fawad Ahmed, Jono Dean, Alex Doolan, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Kane Richardson, Gurinder Sandhu, Ashton Turner, Nick Winter (12th man).