Mahindar Pal Singh: Pakistan's first Sikh cricketer all set to make history
ISLAMABAD - *Right arm fast bowler Mahinder Pal Singh made history few years back after he became the first Sikh cricketer in Pakistan to make into the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Singh is now preparing for first-class cricket and is aiming to play for the country.*
“I am the first Sikh cricketer from Pakistan to reach the National Cricket Academy [NCA] and get selected [for the emerging players],” said Singh, quoted *BBC**Urdu*
The right arm fast bowler, hailing from Khyber Agency, was selected among the emerging player in 2016.
“Being a Sikh I am the only player who is favored to practice at the NCA. I am the only club payer or Grade II cricketer in history to practice at NCA. I can come to the Academy for training whenever I wish to and practice under the guidance of NCA coaches,” said Singh.
Singh further said that he dreams to represent Pakistan one day, after playing in the first class cricket. He is of the view that his minority status would not hamper his chances.
“I believe that nobody will stop me in my progress for being a Sikh,” said Singh, signifying the fact that the passion of cricket in Pakistan is not confined to the majority Muslim populace.