An India-origin spinner Arjun Nair will be among the 18-member National Performance Squad (NPS) announced by Cricket Australia for the upcoming Quadrangular Winter 'A' Series, also featuring India A, Australia A and South Africa A starting August 13.
The 18-year-old, Nair is a Carrom-ball spinner and is a part of Australia's U-19 squad. He is currently playing for New South Wales (NSW). He will make his list A debut in the next month's four-team series.
Arjun Nair was born to his parents after two years of their immigration to Australia from Kerala. His father was a hockey player but Nair showed his penchant towards cricket from an early age. Nair debuted for the Australia U-19 team in August 2014, and demolished England with a spell of 4/33. He also got to play First Grade cricket at the age of 15, thus becoming the youngest player to play Sydney first grade from a subcontinent background. Critics have even compared him with the great Shane Warne.
Sean Abbott, who has debuted in Australia's T20 International side, will be the most experience player of the group with 31 First Class appearances for NSW.
Graeme Hick and Ryan Harris will coach the team and according to Hick, “This side will be competitive and looking to claim victories across the month-long series”.