Tasmanian fast bowler, Aaron Summers becomes the first foreign cricketer to play in Pakistan’s domestic One-Day Tournament. Summers has been signed by Southern Punjab. As per PCB rules, every team is allowed to have one foreign player subject to NOC clearance from the home country.
The Domestic tournament known as National One Day Championship in Pakistan consists 16 teams. Summers is expected to reach Lahore on December 28 ahead of a week-long training camp at the National High-Performance Centre on January 5. He has previously represented Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League.
The 24-year-old Australian is delighted about his association with Southern Punjab. He said, “Pakistan is a breeding ground for the fast bowlers and I look forward to developing as a quality fast bowler. 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.”
Summers currently holds a rookie contract for Tasmania. He has previously featured in the Big Bash League, representing Hobart Hurricanes during the 2017–18 season. Summers is yet to achieve success in the domestic circuit as he has just played three List-A and the same number of T20 games in his small domestic career.
PCB’s Director of High Performance, Nadeem Khan has acknowledged the lastest move by PCB, and said, “We are aspiring to make our domestic structure robust, tough, and challenges that can not only benefit our cricketers but also attract foreign cricketers, just like our cricketers who are regularly featured in Australia and England’s domestic circuit. I am hopeful Aaron’s participation will also attract other foreign cricketers.”