West Indies’ Pooran signs for Yorkshire
In the latest development, Yorkshire Vikings have today purchased the services of handy wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran for this summer’s Vitality Blast tournament. Windies’ Nicholas Pooran will spice it up for five games as an overseas prospect.
The 23-year-old cricketer made his ODI debut against England in Bridgetown in February this year but has firmly established himself as one of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket.
Pooran, who has featured in his national team for six ODIs since then, averages 32.60 with a strike rate of 93.67. He will return to the team set-up for their home T20 series against India, which stars on August 3 in Florida.
The productive power-hitter who played 11 T20Is is widely considered by many as an emerging star who has top scored in the fledgeling T10 competition in the UAE before Christmas, scoring mind-boggling 324 runs in nine matches for champions Northern Warriors. He has smashed 33 sixes with relative ease.
Pooran excited to make his presence count:
“I’m very excited to be joining Yorkshire,” Nicholas Pooran told yorkshireccc.com.
“It will be a new and exciting experience for me. I just want to come over to this country and continue the good work I’ve been doing and learn from the whole experience.
“It is hard work playing for different teams and still trying to be as professional as you can be. You’ve just got to adapt and learn about different people’s cultures and just try to be the best I can be for the team.
“I’m a really aggressive player, I strive to be exciting and I like to entertain the fans.”
Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon is delighted with the signing. He said: “He’s an excellent young talent and has done particularly well in T20 cricket and, although he is only available for a short period, we hope it will give us early impetus in the competition.
“It also gives us the flexibility to see how Jonny Tattersall is travelling, having played every game this season. Jonny has now got three back-to-back Championship fixtures and only a couple of days between the end of the Somerset match and the start of the T20s.
“It gives us the option to see how he is because he has been incredibly effective as a batter in one-day cricket and gives us flexibility come July 19.”
“We’re mindful of the workload of Tatts (Jonny Tattersall) and we have been leaving things open to see how he was going. There are other areas we feel we need for the T20s, so Nicholas has been on the radar for some time. At some point we needed to make a decision on which path to take, so we decided to go for him, albeit for a short five-game spell.”