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Sikh teenager secures place in Pakistan's National Cricket Academy

According to a Pakistan news channel, Lahore-based Mahinder Pal Singh is among the top 30 emerging cricketers in the country

IANS 20 December 2016, 11:47 PM
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Pakistan cricket has seen Christians and Hindus represent the country at home and abroad, but for the first time a Sikh has secured a place in the National Cricket Academy. Mahinder Pal Singh, who hails from Nankana Sahib (Lahore), is among the top 30 emerging cricketers in the country, Geo News reported.

In a video circulating on social media, Singh expressed his desire to make Pakistan proud and thanked his coach and the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board for having faith in him and recognising his talent. Singh said he was proud to be able to represent the entire Pakistani Sikh community and to have secured a place at the Pakistani Cricket Academy.

Pakistan's cricketing history has only seen seven non-muslim cricketers representing the country. Over the years Pakistan cricket has been missing out on on regular international cricketing events on home soil, which serves as the prime reason for dearth of new talent in the country.

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