India-born-Australian cricketer - Param Uppal, on Sunday, was included into the 15-man Australian U-19 squad for the upcoming ICC U-19 World Cup, which is scheduled to held in New Zealand.
This is not the first time when an Indian origin cricketer makes it to the national side for an ICC event or International arena- Gurinder Sandhu who also represents Australia before Param Uppal.
After learning news about Chandigarh lad Uppal’s inclusion into the Australian U-19 squad, his family and relatives began celebration at the Uppal house at Sector 125 in Mohali, India. Param’s father Devinder Singh Uppal moved Australia in 2003, and his younger brother Bhupinder and his family are eager to see Param to don the Australian colours in the upcoming World Cup.
Speaking to Indian Express, Bhupinder Singh said, “I and my brother Devinder also played hockey for our school Kendriya Vidyalaya-47 and Devinder played cricket for Panjab University, too, before shifting to Australia. Param’s inclusion in the U-19 Australian cricket team for the World Cup is the biggest news for us and we are eager to see him play. We surely plan to watch him play in New Zealand and will be cheering for him.”
He also revealed that Param’s grandfather always wanted all the children to pursue sports along with studies, adding, “Param was born at Sector 32 GMCH, Chandigarh, and our father Harbhajan Singh, who retired as warrant officer from the Indian Air Force, always wanted all the children to pursue sports along with studies.”
Param’s cousin’s Karan and Jashan Uppal also revealed that the Australian skipper Steve Smith is his favorite cricketer. They added, “Param has been so busy in the last six months that we have not talked over the phone. Param attended a training camp in Brisbane earlier and we followed his performance in the U-19 championships on the internet. He keeps sending us pictures of him training with Steve Smith, who is my favorite cricketer, too.”
The 15-man Australia U-19 squad will be led by Jason Sangha in New Zealand.
Australia Under 19 World Cup squad: Jason Sangha (C), Will Sutherland (VC), Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Jack Edwards, Zak Evans, Jarrod Freeman, Ryan Hadley, Baxter Holt, Nathan McSweeney, Jonathan Merlo, Jason Ralston, Param Uppal, Austin Waugh, Lloyd Pope