Narrandera’s own $900,000 man

Narrandera's own $900,000 dollar man

January 12, 2011

Councillor for the Wiradjuri region, Craig Cromelin, has congratulated rising cricketing star and Narrandera local Daniel Christian, who was this week picked to represent the Prime Minister's XI against England.

Councillor Cromelin and the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) would like to congratulate Daniel on his recent success on making the squad, and for a solid 53-run performance on the day.

His performance comes only days after the all-rounder learnt of his successful placement in the star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL).

The 27-year-old, now living and playing for the Redbacks in South Australia, became the centre of an IPL bidding war on Sunday night, which ultimately valued him at $900,000.

He's been signed to the Deccan Chargers on a two year deal.

"Daniel's a Narrandera boy and I'm sure his family, friends and the township are very proud to have such a successful Aboriginal role model come out of the Riverina," Councillor Cromelin said.

"It was only back in 2009 when Daniel captained the Indigenous Australian Cricket Team that toured England, which was a massive honour.

"His recent success on the field and signing to the IPL is a major step forward in his career, and I'd like to congratulate Daniel and let him know that Aboriginal NSW is extremely proud of him and his achievements.

"It's nice to see Daniel's hard work and dedication finally paying off, both on and off the pitch," he said.

"I'm aware the road travelled wasn't always an easy one for Daniel and his family, but it's great to see he's made the most of every opportunity he's had in Adelaide.

"As the state's peak Aboriginal organisation, NSWALC's always keen to celebrate and honour the achievements of people like Daniel, who, through hard work and tenacity, have achieved their goals and matured into role-models our kids can look up to.

"Cricket is a game only a handful of our mob have conquered, but with up and coming players like Daniel Christian, future opportunities for our kids are looking brighter by the day."

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