Ghosts teen joins Sydney Thunder BBL squad

Tanveer Sangha joins Sydney Thunder's BBL|09 playing roster. Picture: Sydney Thunder
Tanveer Sangha joins Sydney Thunder's BBL|09 playing roster. Picture: Sydney Thunder

Ingleburn leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha has become the youngest Sydney Thunder recruit in five years after signing on to join the club's Big Bash League playing roster this week.

Sangha was named as one of the club's development rookies last year, but has now joined the official line-up on a two-year contract.

The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts player is just 17 years and 346 days old, the youngest new Thunder signing since Jake Doran (who was 17 years and 311 days old) in 2014.

Sangha has already represented Australia in the under-16s and under-19s teams and has impressed with the Ghosts at the start of the 2019/20 NSW Premier Division season.

He is looking forward to the BBL|09 season as a chance to continue to learn and grow.

"I can't wait," Sangha said of attending his first training session.

"There's Chris Green and all the top batsmen like Alex Hales and Callum Ferguson.

"I can't wait to pick their brains."

He has vowed to bowl "without fear" if given a chance to take to the field in the upcoming BBL|09 season.

"You need to be mentally tough to bowl leg-spin in T20," he said.

"You're an attacking player, not a run-saving bowling.

"That means you need to attack even if you're hit for a few boundaries.

"You need to understand the batsman risks a lot when they hit the ball in the air.

"I've found if a batter hits a good shot, I can learn what I need to do next time. It's a matter of being mentally tough to keep throwing it up there and challenging the batsmen - to outthink them.

"I reckon the biggest thing as a leg-spinner is to back yourself and your ability."

Thunder head coach Shane Bond said Sangha's elevation to the playing roster was a "natural progression".

The teen impressed the coach during his time as a development rookie and Bond said Sangha's attitude was a big reason he was signed.

"He's been touted in the NSW Pathways for a long time," Bond said.

"But it's not just his talent, it's also his temperament and cricket brain. Tanveer has all the elements we want.

"We were looking at adding Tanveer to the squad with Fawad Ahmed, but with Fawad now gone [to Perth] it was a natural progression to promote him."

Bond said many young leg-spinners around the world - including the ever-popular Afghan player Rashid Khan, who made his international debut at 17 - had proven youth could master the intricate art of leg-spin.

"When it comes to Tanveer's skill and ability, I have no problems thinking he can take the step up and play successfully in the Big Bash League," he said.

"Even when he came into our team environment last year, as young as he was, he just got stuck in.

"We have a lot of confidence he'll be a very successful player, so we're delighted to have him."

Sydney Thunder is set to open its ninth Big Bash League campaign against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba on December 17, before playing its first game in Sydney on January 2.