Federal Minister for Sport Senator Kate Lundy, and Cricket ACT Chairman Ian McNamee, today announced the Prime Minister’s XI to take on the West Indies in the 50-overs a side match on 29 January.
Following the announcement of Ricky Ponting as Captain in November, the announcement of the remainder of the XI will further add to the public interest for the first game under lights at Manuka Oval.
The full squad is:
| Ricky Ponting (Captain)
| Brad Haddin (VC)
| Fawad Ahmed
| Jono Dean
| Alex Doolan
| James Faulkner
| Peter Handscomb
| Usman Khawaja
| Kane Richardson
| Gurinder Sandhu
| Ashton Turner
| Nick Winter (12th man)
The match will be Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s third as ‘chief selector’, and the Prime Minister is looking forward to a full game of cricket after last year’s washout.
“We are hoping that the Canberra skies will be clear for this historic occasion, that being the first match played under lights at Manuka Oval,” the Prime Minister said.
“The PM’s XI has been the breeding ground for many of our cricketing stars and I am confident this match will prove to be no different.”
National Selection Panel Chairman John Inverarity said of the team announcement:
“The PM's XI game is a special fixture on the Australian cricketing calendar. It provides a unique opportunity for many of our most talented and promising cricketers to showcase their skills.
“Captain Ricky Ponting and vice-captain Brad Haddin are two players who bring with them leadership and enormous experience on the international stage, and will be excellent drawcards.
“Usman Khawaja has been in great form this summer and James Faulkner, who made his international Twenty20 debut for Australia against India last year, will also be keen to make his mark.
“The team also features emerging leg spin bowler Fawad Ahmed, who was born and raised in Pakistan. Fawad is playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the KFC T20 Big Bash League and grade club Melbourne University, and we are encouraged by his ongoing development.
“We have also been very pleased with the progress of Indian-born fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu, who has performed well for the Sydney Thunder following strong performances for Australia in last year’s Under 19 World Cup.
“With two Pakistani-born and one Indian-born player in the team, these talented players reflect the cultural diversity that exists within our pathway systems.”
Cricket ACT Chairman Ian McNamee is thrilled about the team announcement:
“Cricket ACT is very excited to host Prime Minister’s XI Captain Ricky Ponting in what is probably his last match against an international team under the new lights at Manuka Oval with former Queanbeyan cricketer Brad Haddin alongside him.
“We look forward to seeing local ACT cricketers Jono Dean and Nick Winter make the most of their opportunities to show their wares in front of a huge crowd.
“I urge all cricket fans to secure their tickets to avoid disappointment and see history in the making with the first day-night match at Manuka Oval.”
This will be an important game for the West Indies as they prepare for the Commonwealth Bank Series against Australia next month.
The match will also celebrate CIC Australia’s tenth year as the major sponsor of the match, and the game is also supported by Menslink as the official match day charity sponsor.
Corporate hospitality packages are still available through Earlybird Marketing and Events, and general tickets for the match are available via Ticketek.
The match is to be televised on Fox Sports.
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia
First Posted 11 January, 2013 10:16AM AEST