Sister follows brother’s path with state call-up

City United cricketer Aanliya Cheeranbenoy could join her brother Aanlin as a state junior cricket representative after earning a late call-up to the Vic Country under-15 initial squad for next year’s national carnival in Canberra.

Colac’s Aanlin and Aanliya Cheeranbenoy could join rare company in Victorian cricket circles as siblings to represent the state.

Aanliya earned a late call-up to Vic Country’s under-15 squad and will learn her fate when selectors cut the current squad of 16 players to 13 ahead of February’s under-15 national carnival in Canberra.

The 14-year-old could follow in the footsteps of her younger brother Aanlin, who led Victoria to victory at last year’s 12-and-under Australian cricket championships in Western Australia.

Cricket Victoria regional cricket manager Stephen Field said the offspring of Colac’s Shancy Jose and Benoy Cheeran would become one of only a handful of brother-and-sister duos to pull on the Big V.

Current Victorian senior cricketer Will Sutherland and his sister Annabel, who is on the Melbourne Stars’ roster in the WBBL, are among siblings to achieve the feat.

“Aanliya was added to the squad and she continues to impress,” Field said.

“She didn’t play Barwon Rockettes last year, but she was seen at clinic and was added to the squad, and who knows she might be playing for Victoria in a few months.”

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