The NT has played an important role in the success of two players currently competing for Australia in the Australia-Sri Lanka Under 19 Youth ODI series in Tasmania.

Jack Edwards and Param Uppal, both from New South Wales, were selected as supplementary players in NT 2015 National Championship teams. Jack Edwards competed for the NT in the Cricket Australia Under 17 National Championships in Queensland, while Param Uppal played for the NT in the Cricket Australia Under 19 National Championships in South Australia.

Both players have featured strongly in the success of the Australian team against Sri Lanka, with Uppal top scoring with 111 (first match) and 55 (second match) and Edwards top scoring with 95 and earning Man of the Match in the third match of the series.

NT Cricket Senior Manager Pathways & Cricket Mark Sorell is proud of the NT’s role in the success of these players. “These are two players who were provided with the opportunity to play with the NT as supplementary players after being recommended by NSW selectors and we are so pleased to see their ongoing success.

“Following Jack’s impressive 364 runs over the course of the 2015 Under 17 National Championships, he was selected in the Cricket Australia XI which played in the 2016 Under 19 National Championships and his cricket success continued. Param made a total of 328 runs in the 2015 Under 19 National Championships and stood out as a player to watch in the future.

“The NT is a true contributor to the national cricket pathway; we have assisted these players with their cricketing success and their inclusion in our team also supports Territory players in their development and provides our teams with the best opportunity to competitively take part in national competitions,” he said.

Cricket NSW State Talent Manager David Freedman is also pleased to see the strong performances from Edwards and Uppal. “These two players have been players of interest in the NSW system for some time. They were underage players when they were selected to play for the NT and we knew that they would benefit greatly from the extra exposure of a national carnival.

“They went into the NT team as leading players which provided them with the opportunity to dominate and lead others which has been of great benefit to their future cricket performances. They definitely have the attributes to be first class players and their experience with the NT team played an important role in their development,” he said.