For the first time in the history of Pakistan cricket, a Sikh has secured a place at the National Cricket Academy, a media report said today.
Mahinder Pal Singh, who hails from Nankana Sahib here, is among the list of top 30 emerging cricketers in the country, Geo News reported.
Over the years, the Pakistan squad has seen Christians and Hindus represent the country at home and abroad. However, this is the first time that a Pakistani Sikh has proven his mettle and has secured a place at the National Cricket Academy, the report said.
Mahinder Singh Pal - proud to represent the Sikh community and proud to make it to the NCA. pic.twitter.com/0pGod7mhwz— Ovais Jafar (@ovaisjafar) December 20, 2016
In a video circulating on social media, Singh expressed his desire to make Pakistan proud and thanked his coach and Shahryar Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), for having faith and recognising his talent.
Mahinder said he is proud to be able to represent the entire Pakistani Sikh community and is proud to have secured a place at the NCA.
Pakistan has only seen seven non-muslim cricketers representing the country and Mahinder joins the list as the eighth non-muslim and first Pakistani Sikh to represent the country.