ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Trent Copeland of the Blues celebrates after catching the wicket of Henry Hunt of the Redbacks with Tanveer Sangha of the Blues during day three of the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at Karen Rolton Oval, on March 25, 2022, in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

New South Wales legspinner Tanveer Sangha has been sidelined with a stress injury in his lower back, ruling him out of the opening stages of the domestic season.

Sangha is expected to return for the BBL season, where he will feature for the Sydney Thunder, but is unlikely to feature in any competitive matches prior to December.

The 20-year-old made his NSW debut last year against Victoria, taking 24 wickets throughout his first-class career.

A talented young bowler, Sangha has featured in the Big Bash competition since his debut in 2020, taking 37 wickets in 27 matches.

New South Wales captain Kurtis Patterson spoke on Sangha's setback, admitting that is was a big loss for the NSW team.

“Tanveer is a big loss,” Patterson said.

“I love for a young guy how in control of his game and in control of his emotions he is.

“I felt really sad for him, because I think he was in for a really nice start to the year, and I think he’s just going to continue building his case for higher honours.

“Disappointed for him, but that’s life. He’ll learn a thing or two until his back’s up and running again.

“He’s a competitor – he goes out there and competes, even with the bat in his hand, he competes from ball one. He doesn’t give the opposition a sniff.

“I have no doubt … he’ll play a lot of cricket for Australia if he keeps on the trajectory he’s on.”