Indian-born Sandhu in Australia PM's XI

Jan 12, 2013, 03:00 IST | Agencies

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. 

Gurinder Sandhu
Gurinder Sandhu. Pic/Getty Images

Asylum-seeker in
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). 

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