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    NSW fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu to help Cricket Australia recruit untapped talent

    So Australia looking to tap in the Asian reserves! Wonder how much is driven by success of Fawad!

    http://www.foxsports.com.au/cricket/...6#.UacQcNJgdjQ

    Not yet 20 and a veteran of just two first class matches, the Blacktown born 195cm giant is the type of success story Cricket Australia is desperate to promote, particularly in Sydney’s diverse western suburbs.

    "There’s a heavy Indian population in western Sydney so I might be able to help," Sandhu told the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.

    Already Pakistan born but Sydney raised Usman Khawaja, 26, has played Test cricket for Australia and former Pakistan first class cricketer Fawad Ahmed, 31, is on the verge of gaining an Australian passport after an outstanding finish to the season for Victoria.

    A refugee, just when Fawad will become a fully fledged Aussie depends on complex paperwork in Canberra.

    It could be in the next week or two, which would give selectors the option of making him a late inclusion for the Ashes, and it should be no later than August, which means Fawad would be available for next summer’s return Ashes in Australia

    Sandhu won the Steve Waugh Medal last season as the best NSW player after claiming 14 wickets at 12 in his two Sheffield Shield appearances, along with some strong state one-day form.

    With his father arriving from the Punjab 30 years ago Sandhu is the first male player of Indian heritage to represent NSW and his brother is also making an impression. A hard-hitting all-rounder, Harmon has been chosen in the state under 17 team.

    Sandhu’s early years as a junior cricketer in Blacktown highlight what an untapped cricket resource western Sydney appears to be, with 50,000 Indians a year now migrating to Australia.

    "Only two or three of the kids were white,” Sandhu recalled. “The rest were Sri Lankan, Indian or Fijian Indian.”

    Fast forward to Australia’s under 19 team from last season and Sandhu believes the only other non Anglo player in the side with him was West Australian spinner Ashton Agar, who has Sri Lankan heritage.

    Sandhu has the perfect link to Sydney’s western suburbs as a member of the Thunder Big Bash team, which is being significantly upgraded under the leadership of Mike Hussey this year.

    Like Khawaja, Sandhu is a little nonplussed by the fuss about his background.
    Both are rugby league fans. Khawaja barracks for the Canberra Raiders and Sandhu the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

    They understand their heritage is different but are as Aussie as every kid they ever played touch footy or park cricket with.

    “You’re born here, you grow up, you do Aussie things, you are Australian,” Sandhu said.
    Khawaja says it “feels a bit weird” when his background is highlighted.

    “No one ever segregates me, I don’t feel any different when I’m with the boys,” Khawaja said before leaving for England last weekend with the Ashes squad.

    “I’m very proud. I’m proud of what I am and who I am and I’m proud to be an Australian too.

    “I love it here, it’s my home, my whole family and all my friends are here.

    “I’m just really proud to be part of the Australian cricket team living the dream.”
    An AIS scholar who has spent the past month at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane,

    Sandhu is preparing to visit India, the epicentre of world cricket.

    This is a big deal for Sandhu’s cricket development but he has been to India a number of times with his family.

    He departs on June 14, his 20th birthday, for Chennai with a group of players heading to
    the MRF Pace Academy made famous by Dennis Lillee.

    Sandhu has been compared to a young Glenn McGrath, who is now the head coaching consultant at the MRF Academy.



    Read more: http://www.foxsports.com.au/cricket/...#ixzz2UlP1O6qm


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    He has got some great potential from what i've seen of him. Can swing the ball both ways at ok'ish pace but has a better outswinger to Rhb. Gets extra bounce too.

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    Fawad is very ordinary.
    Sandhu is a talent.

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    He might be good.

    I'd keep a lid on the hype for a while though guys- he's only played 2 FC games for that average of 12, one of which was against a South Australia team which is one of the worst shield outfits I have ever seen (only one of top eight averages over 40, six average between 10 & 26.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrongun View Post
    He might be good.

    I'd keep a lid on the hype for a while though guys- he's only played 2 FC games for that average of 12, one of which was against a South Australia team which is one of the worst shield outfits I have ever seen (only one of top eight averages over 40, six average between 10 & 26.)
    He's also a bit military.

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    He may be good but, from the U-19 WC, Australia has much better fast bowlers. However, if they keep getting injured, he could have a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    He's also a bit military.
    Hang about, you just said he's a talent...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrongun View Post
    Hang about, you just said he's a talent...
    He's talented.

    He's military in terms of pace.

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