Digital Desk, New Delhi. Indian pacers Chetan Sakaria and Mukesh Choudhary have been signed as overseas players for the KFC T20 Max series in Queensland. The two Indian pacers will also train at Cricket Australia’s National Cricket Center in Brisbane and be involved in Queensland Bulls’ pre-season preparations as part of a longstanding exchange program with the Chennai-based MRF Pace Foundation.
Notably, the player and coaching exchange between the MRF Pace Foundation and Cricket Australia has been going on for over 20 years. The 24-year-old Sakariya made a name for himself while playing for Rajasthan Royals during IPL 2021. He made his debut for India in T20 and One Day Internationals in the series against Sri Lanka last year. The left-arm fast bowler played for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022.
Choudhary, on the other hand, picked up 16 wickets in 13 matches for Chennai Super Kings in his maiden IPL season this year. Sakariya will play for the Sunshine Coast, while Winnam-Manly will take the services of Chowdhury. The tournament will be played over three weeks from 18 August to 4 September under lights at the club’s grounds as well as the refurbished Allan Border Field.
Exchanges between the MRF Pace Foundation, established in 1987, and Australia began in 1992. Fast bowlers from many other countries, including Australia’s leading fast bowlers like Mohammad Asif (Pakistan), Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka), Heath Streak (Sri Lanka), Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson, have trained at the academy over the years.
Similarly, young Indian fast bowlers have been given a chance to spend time in Brisbane as part of the programme. The last of these was in 2019, the famous Krishna, who has played ten ODIs for India as well as Mukhtar Hossain, a 23-year-old right-arm fast bowler from Assam.
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