All-rounder Arjun Nair has extended his contract with Sydney Thunder for the upcoming KFC Big Bash League after playing three games last season.
The 19-year old made his debut for the Thunder at Etihad Stadium against the Melbourne Renegades before also playing against the Sydney Sixers and the Adelaide Strikers in the final two games of the season. He also faced Sri Lanka in a T20 for the Prime Minister’s XI in February where he took the wicket of Test opener Niroshan Dickwella.
“My friends and family go for Thunder, and being from the Western Sydney it’s pretty cool to be part of the squad,” said Arjun Nair.
“To play alongside Shane Watson who I’ve watched on TV when I was younger is very special.
“Last year was a good experience for me with the squad. I learned from that experience and I’ll come back stronger. I know my game better than last year. You only have 24-balls max, so you need to vary it up. I'll try to use my variations as much as possible.”
Nair is known for his aggressive batting style as well as being able to spin the ball both ways. He made his Sydney Grade debut at 15 before making his Sheffield Shield debut last season for NSW.
Sydney Thunder Director of Cricket Michael Hussey believes that Nair’s experience of playing in front of big crowds during the Big Bash will be a significant step in his development.
“Arjun will have gained invaluable experience from the games he played last year,” said Sydney Thunder Director of Cricket Michael Hussey.
“He’s a very skillful bowler who we believe has the ability to win games for us in the future, as well as being an explosive batter that will hopefully be a useful asset for us.
“To have Beau Casson on our coaching staff is a great benefit to all our spinners but especially Arjun as he continues to develop into an exciting young player.”
Nair, who plays for Hawksbury in Sydney Premier Cricket will also be in familiar territory when Sydney Thunder hold their annual Fan Day at Bruce Purser Reserve in Rouse Hill on 17 December 2017 (9.30am to 12pm).
"Our fan days in recent years have been incredibly successful but this year’s Sydney Thunder Fan Day in The Hills will be something really special,” Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said.
"Not only will Sydney Thunder fans be able to get up close with their favourite cricket stars, they will also be able to learn more about the game from elite players, which will ultimately improve and inspire their own game at a local level.
"Not only that, the entire park will be transformed into a celebration of local cricket.
"It will be an incredible day out for the whole family,” Mayor Byrne added.
Sydney Thunder supporters will be able to meet members of both the club’s BBL and WBBL squads just two-days before Sydney Thunder open their BBL|07 campaign against cross-town rivals Sydney Sixers at Spotless Stadium on 19 December.
BBL|07 Squad: Shane Watson (c), Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Jay Lenton, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell McClenaghan, Arjun Nair, Clint McKay, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu.
ACT & Regional NSW Rookie: Blake Macdonald
Director of Cricket: Michael Hussey
Head Coach: Paddy Upton
Assistant Coaches: Shawn Bradstreet and Beau Casson