Lahore: The 24-years-old Aaron Summers will be the first Australian cricketer to Pakistan Cup, scheduled to start from January 8 in Karachi.
Summers has been signed by Southern Punjab (SP) for the whole season following Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s domestic competition rule – one foreign player per side as long as the foreign player submits a Non-Objective Certificate from his home board.
The young pacer will arrive in Pakistan on December 28 and will train at National High-Performance Centre (NHPC) under the supervision of former Test cricketer Azhar Mahmood. He will join his squad on January 5 in Karachi.
It must be noted here that Summers represented Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 following his pace and performance during the Big Bash League where he represented Hobart Hurricanes and proved himself as one of the fastest bowlers on the Australian circuit.
Aaron Summers: “I am delighted to have been offered a contract by the Southern Punjab Cricket Association, which has proved to be one of the front-running and formidable sides in Pakistan’s domestic cricket.
“Pakistan is a breeding ground for the fast bowlers and while I look forward to developing as a quality fast bowler, I am equally keen to help my side performance strongly in the Pakistan Cup, which will be played on double-league format that will test my fitness, form and consistency against some of quality batsmen to the limits.
“I have been following the ongoing season on social media and the quality of cricket on display has convinced me that Pakistan is the place where I can hone my skills and improve as a cricketer. My goal remains to be a top professional and I think Pakistan can help me achieve that target.”
Director – High Performance, Nadeem Khan: “The news of Aaron Summers featuring in the Pakistan Cup is a validation of the standard and competitive quality of our domestic events.
“We are aspiring to make our domestic structure robust, tough and challenging that can not only benefit our cricketers but also attract foreign cricketers – just like our cricketers who are regularly featuring in Australia and England’s domestic circuit.
“I am hopeful Aaron’s participation will also attract other foreign cricketers. It will also help our local players interact and integrate with players from other environments and enhance their understating of different cultures.”