Rising 20-year-old Blues leg spinner Tanveer Sangha has been chosen by the National Selection Panel (NSP) amongst eight men’s players to visit the MRF Academy in Chennai in August.

 

The 10-day visit is predominantly focussed on emerging batsmen and spin bowlers the NSP feel will benefit from experiencing the unique conditions of sub-continent cricket. 

 

Sangha, whose father was born in India, recently toured Sri Lanka as a member of the Australia A side, taking nine wickets across two First-Class and two List A matches.

 

The prodigious tweaker, who plays for Campbelltown Camden in Sydney Premier Cricket, has been one of the stars of the KFC BBL over recent seasons and has toured with the Australian white ball side on several occasions without making his senior international debut.

 

Among those joining Sangha are Western Australian based Sydney Sixers star Josh Philippe and a Local Replacement Player for the Sixers in last summer’s KFC BBL, Todd Murphy (Victoria).

 

Cricket Australia’s relationship with the MRF Academy allows for a customised experience for those chosen. The schedule combines match play with intense training opportunities along with access to strength and conditioning. 

 

The players to attend from August 7-17 are:

 

Cooper Connolly (WA/Scarborough Cricket Club)

Henry Hunt (SA/Kensington Cricket Club)

Matt Kuhnemann (QLD/ Gold Coast District Cricket Club)

Todd Murphy (VIC/St Kilda Cricket Club)

Josh Philippe (WA/Scarborough Cricket Club)

Will Pucovski (VIC/Melbourne Cricket Club)

Tanveer Sangha (NSW/Campbelltown-Camden Cricket Club)

Teague Wyllie (WA/ Rockingham Mandurah Cricket Club)

 

The group will be coached by former Sri Lankan allrounder Thilan Samaraweera. Australian men’s selector Tony Dodemaide will travel as tour manager. Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath will join the coaching staff in his role as a consultant to the Academy.

 

“It is exciting to renew the partnership with the MRF Academy and provide this group of young players a truly unique experience,” Dodemaide said.

 

“Some have toured the subcontinent in the past so this trip will further refine their skills while others will gain valuable new experience in these testing conditions.”

 

The eight players will integrate with local players in training and in a two-day and one-day match within the camp block. The MRF Academy visit complements the Australia A program following a hiatus brought by the complexities of the Covid pandemic.