Jason Sangha will look to break into the firstteam soon. Photo Courtesy: Sunil Yash Kalra on Twitter
Jason Sangha will look to break into the firstteam soon. Photo Courtesy: Sunil Yash Kalra on Twitter

Teenager Jason Sangha is the youngest player to be handed a rookie contract with New South Wales (NSW) in the Australian domestic setup, while fellow off-spinner Arjun Nair has been given a full Blues’ contract and will feature alongside Australian players like Steven Smith, David Warner and others. Sangha, who is just 16, made a big rise in the through the junior ranks in in the previous summer, making a huge impact in the Cricket Australia Under-19 Championships before being selected in the Australia Under-19 team, that played against New Zealand and Pakistan earlier in 2016. Former Australia skipper and current Cricket Australia National Talent Manager Greg Chappell rates Sangha as one of the top juniors Australia has ever produced. READ: Cricket Australia aims to attract T20 audience to Tests, ODIs with price drop on tickets

Sangha becomes only the third player to earn a contract, while still in high school. Only Josh Hazlewood and Jake Doran have done it before him, reports cricket.com.au.

Nair has been handed a contract after a good summer, which also saw him make his Firs-Class debut in the Sheffield Shield as a 17-year old.

NSW Chief Executive Andrew Jones says that having so many youngsters coming through the ranks is very exciting. “NSW has a long tradition of backing young talent and we are delighted to be able to bring Jason Sangha, Arjun Nair, Liam Hatcher and Chris Green into the Blues squad this summer,” Jones said.

“Along with Mickey Edwards, Jonte Pattison and Henry Thornton, these rookies have a tremendous amount of potential and we look forward to seeing them develop under the guidance of the Blues coaching staff and senior players.

“The Blues had a solid summer in 2015-16, winning the Matador BBQs One Day Cup and achieving the best win-loss record in the Sheffield Shield. The squad also supplied the majority of the Australian Test team. Our challenge now is to build on this momentum, to defend the Matador Cup and win the Sheffield Shield,” he added.