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Australian bowler Aaron Summers to play in Pakistan’s domestic cricket

LAHORE: Fast bowler Aaron Summers is set to make history by becoming the first Australian to take part in domestic cricket in Pakistan.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that the 24-year-old will become the first foreign player to feature in the revamped domestic cricket by signing up for Southern Punjab for the Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament, which begins in Karachi from 8 January.

The PCB’s domestic competition rules allow one foreign player per side as long as the foreign player submits a Non-Objective Certificate from his home board.

The cricketer will arrive in Lahore on 28th December and after a week-long training camp under Azhar Mahmood at the National High-Performance Centre, will join Southern Punjab in Karachi on 5 January.

Summers featured for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 and also played for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. On his debut match for the Hurricanes in December 2017, he had outpaced Jofra Archer and Tymal Mills to earn the reputation of one of the fastest bowlers on the Australian circuit.

Aaron Summers said he was 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 the quality batsmen to the limits,” he said in a statement.

“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.”