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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Young guns named for PM's XI


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The son of one of Pakistan’s all-time greats has taken another step towards representing Australia, after being named in the Prime Ministers XI for this month’s tour match against South Africa in Canberra.

Usman Qadir, 25, is a leg-spinner just like his father Abdul, who bamboozled batsmen during a glittering international career from 1977-1990.

He made his Sheffield Shield debut for Western Australia this week, and picked up six wickets from four games for the Warriors in the recent one-day competition.

Qadir played grade cricket in Sydney last summer, putting in a number of impressive performances and taking 36 wickets in just six games, figures that brought him to the attention of, amongst others, current Australian coach Justin Langer and former Test bowler Geoff Lawson.

While Qadir is not yet eligible to play for Australia, he’s hoping to qualify for a distinguished talent visa in time to qualify for the 2020 World T20, which will be hosted in Australia.

He’ll be joined in the Prime Ministers XI by four former Australian players, captain George Bailey, along with Nic Maddinson, Jason Behrendorff and Gurinder Sandhu, with the side to be coached by former Test batsman Chris Rogers.

“It’s pleasing to have a number of players who have represented Australia, led by George Bailey, and as in recent years there’s a good blend of experienced cricketers and some of the country’s best young players,” said national selector Greg Chappell.



“On the batting front, there are four players aged 21 or under in Josh Philippe, Jack Edwards, Max Bryant and Jason Sangha. Josh, Jack and Max impressed with their performances in the JLT One-Day Cup, and this is a great chance to test them against an international line-up.

“Nic Maddinson represented Australia in T20 cricket only a couple of months ago, while Kurtis Patterson was part of our most recent Australia A squad that toured India.

“Gurinder Sandhu starred for Tasmania in the JLT One-Day Cup, finishing the tournament as the equal leading wicket-taker, and together with the likes of Jason Behrendorff, Ben Dwarshuis and Usman Qadir provides a bowling attack capable of challenging South Africa.”

While the relatively low key match against the Prime Ministers XI will serve as a warm-up ahead of the one-day series between Australia and South Africa, interest will be higher than normal given it will be South Africa's first game in Australia since the ball-tampering scandal exploded in Cape Town in March.

The son of one of Pakistan’s all-time greats has taken another step towards representing Australia, after being named in the Prime Ministers XI for this month’s tour match against South Africa in Canberra.

Usman Qadir, 25, is a leg-spinner just like his father Abdul, who bamboozled batsmen during a glittering international career from 1977-1990.

He made his Sheffield Shield debut for Western Australia this week, and picked up six wickets from four games for the Warriors in the recent one-day competition.

Qadir played grade cricket in Sydney last summer, putting in a number of impressive performances and taking 36 wickets in just six games, figures that brought him to the attention of, amongst others, current Australian coach Justin Langer and former Test bowler Geoff Lawson.

While Qadir is not yet eligible to play for Australia, he’s hoping to qualify for a distinguished talent visa in time to qualify for the 2020 World T20, which will be hosted in Australia.

He’ll be joined in the Prime Ministers XI by four former Australian players, captain George Bailey, along with Nic Maddinson, Jason Behrendorff and Gurinder Sandhu, with the side to be coached by former Test batsman Chris Rogers.

“It’s pleasing to have a number of players who have represented Australia, led by George Bailey, and as in recent years there’s a good blend of experienced cricketers and some of the country’s best young players,” said national selector Greg Chappell.



“On the batting front, there are four players aged 21 or under in Josh Philippe, Jack Edwards, Max Bryant and Jason Sangha. Josh, Jack and Max impressed with their performances in the JLT One-Day Cup, and this is a great chance to test them against an international line-up.

“Nic Maddinson represented Australia in T20 cricket only a couple of months ago, while Kurtis Patterson was part of our most recent Australia A squad that toured India.

“Gurinder Sandhu starred for Tasmania in the JLT One-Day Cup, finishing the tournament as the equal leading wicket-taker, and together with the likes of Jason Behrendorff, Ben Dwarshuis and Usman Qadir provides a bowling attack capable of challenging South Africa.”

While the relatively low key match against the Prime Ministers XI will serve as a warm-up ahead of the one-day series between Australia and South Africa, interest will be higher than normal given it will be South Africa's first game in Australia since the ball-tampering scandal exploded in Cape Town in March. https://ift.tt/2R0ibo9
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