Gurinder Sandhu – the man who took a hat-trick on debut for Fairfield Liverpool in 2010 – will lead the club in the NSW Premier Cricket season this summer.
The fast bowler replaces Ben Rohrer as captain after the Lions stalwart left in the off-season to become Cricket Tasmania’s new state talent manager.
Sandhu, who skippered one game last summer, said he was looking forward to the challenge ahead of the team’s opening limited overs fixture on Saturday against UNSW at Alan Davidson Oval.
“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a good opportunity for myself to captain first grade and work with the younger players,” he said.
“I was pretty excited when I was told. It’s a big honour.”
The 24-year-old will lead a team that has is full of potential with young guns Param Uppal, Raveesh Srivastava and brother Harmon returning to the fold.
Uppal co-captained the Australian under-19 team in April winning consecutive man of the match awards after outstanding returns with bat and ball.
“The young guys have a year or two experience now and if they can step we can be a force to be reckoned with,” Sandhu said.
“The first few games are crucial and we need to make sure we get off to a good start.”
The Lion Cubs will join an experienced core group of players that includes Anthony Clark who last year became the first player in NSW Premier Cricket history to score 10,000 runs and take 700 wickets.
This week the Lions will also have the services of NSW quick Doug Bollinger.
Last year the Lions finished in 19th place with two wins from their 15 games.