SLAITHWAITE’S Pragyan Ojha and former Honley favourite Rajesh Pawar have both been selected for the India A team’s upcoming tours to Kenya and Zimbabwe.
The two spinners were named in the 16-strong party who set off later this month.
Pawar, who made a massive impression when he helped Honley win the first of their back-to-back Sykes Cup and League doubles with 82 wickets, has been knocking on the international door for some time, but 20-year-old Ojha is a new face on the Indian international scene.
He was recalled from Hill Top at the end of May for a training camp, having played just three times for Slaithwaite (with two other matches rained off without a ball being bowled).
Former first-team squad man Mohammad Kaif will lead the A tour, hoping to get the selectors eye prior to the Twenty20 World Championships.
The last time India A toured Zimbabwe and Kenya was in July and August 2004, and four of that party went on to play for India’s Test side.
Former Scholes opening batsman Wasim Jaffer, of course, is in the Test side which is currently preparing to face England.
l The Examiner’s Twenty/20 Trophy third-round re-arranged ties are due to take place tonight with places in the semi-finals begging.
Golcar host Elland, Linthwaite welcome Scholes and Hall Bower entertain Honley, with all three matches starting at 6.30pm.
Should weather intervene, then the matches must be resolved by the toss of a coin.