Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pakistanis Debut Down Under

The Twenty20 Big Bash, Australia's domestic 20-20 competition got underway a few days back.

Now normally I would not be covering an Australian domestic competition and would be relying on Jrod to hear about how Victoria is fairing, what David Hussey is doing, how Bryce McGain is shaping up, and the other happenings down under.

But this season has been quite different in Australia.

Different for us atleast.

As many as 3 Pakistani internationals have turned out for Australian states in their domestic competitions this season.

First Younis Khan played a few One-dayers and first class games for South Australia.

And now Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir are playing for Western Australia and South Australia respectively in the Twenty20 Big Bash.

Both the Pakistanis went up against each other 2 days ago as WA took on SA.

Umar Gul even snared up Tanvir's wicket. First ball!

Gul made an impressive debut for his Australian state team picking up 4-15 in 3.2 overs.

His effort though could not help WA to victory who lost by the D/L method.

Tanvir picked up only 1 wicket nd had a forgetful debut with the bat.

I'll be following these 2 down under.

Elsewhere David Hussey continued business as usual smashing a 47 ball unbeaten 100. He even picked up 2 wickets.

Well he's not the future PM for nothing.

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  1. raza said...

    I guess the one playing in such kind of conditions and terrain will not only benefit monetarily, but will gain the much needed international experience that we are lacking due to the current situation created by the western media.

  2. Jrod said...

    The Umar Gul one came from nowhere.

    I spose Western Australia had run out of Victorian and NSWlaes quicks to poach.

  3. Q said...

    Raza, it can only do good for the likes of Gul and Tanvir who are still taking their baby steps in international crkt..

  4. Q said...

    Gul is a catch for 20-20.. not many can bowl 24 straight yorkers on the trot... but im intrigued Jrod.. why r Australian state recruiting Pakistanis?

    I mean, why not Indians? or Safrikaans?

  5. Jrod said...

    South Africa's season is on at the same time, Indians i am not sure.

    I think they just assumed that Pakistani's are going to be free more often, and they come with less Administracratic baggage than Indian players.

  6. Q said...

    and lesser fees too I think Jrod.

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