Sydney Thunder has signed 16-year-old Tanveer Sangha as a Development Rookie following an impressive year of cricket which has seen him star with the ball for the Australia Under 16s in April and finish the AW Green Shield season as leading run scorer for Campbelltown-Camden.
In January, Sangha took part in Sydney Thunder’s multi-cultural tournament the Thunder Nation Cup, representing the Indian community claiming 2-13 in the final and taking out Player of the Match.
Sangha was also part of the Thunder Development XI that took part in the Mike Hussey Trophy taking 2-22 against Pakistan’s Lahore Qalandars in the semi-final of the competition.
“I’m very keen to learn as much as I can with Thunder and very excited to be part of it,” said Sangha, who grew up in Western Sydney.
“It means a lot to be part of the Sydney Thunder. My friends and I watch Sydney Thunder games together and it’s even better being part of it.”
Sangha will train with the Thunder squad during the season, presenting a great opportunity to learn from experienced players in the team.
He has already spent some time with experienced Thunder leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed who joined the Australia Under 16 squad at a training session. A leg-spinner himself, Sangha is excited to continue learning from Ahmed.
“I love training and bowling with him because he just knows what to do and knows heaps about bowling differently – all those one percenters that others don’t do but he does really well. It’s great to ask him questions and pick his brain,” said Sangha.
Ahmed is equally excited to spend some time with the young leg-spinner and help him develop his game.
“He’s a very talented young leg-spinner. I went to watch the (Under 16) Australia v Pakistan game in April and I was pretty pleased to see a young, promising leg-spinner from the western suburbs of Sydney,” said Ahmed.
“I like to coach, especially someone like Tanveer who is very talented already but he’s still young and it’s good I can pass on my experience and advice on how I get through the tough times and handle the pressure at the top level.
“I would love to see him grow in the next few years and see him play for Sydney Thunder and Australia one day.”
Development Rookie Contracts are available to players under the age of 21 who are eligible to represent Australia under ICC eligibility rules or are an approved Australian resident.
Rookies do not form part of their club’s squad of 18 players but they can be signed as a Local Replacement Player in the event of a squad member becoming unavailable due to injury or national commitments.
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