Sheldon Jackson, the Right-handed batsman, and wicketkeeper has decided to return home and play for Saurashtra in the upcoming domestic season, after spending the last year playing for Puducherry. The veteran batter is all set to join his stateside for the 2021-2022 season, which will kick start in the month of October with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
The seasoned batsman, who plays the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders, has already obtained the No Objection Certificate from the Cricket Association of Puducherry. Sheldon Jackson had helped Saurashtra to finish in second place in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy. However, he then utilized his abilities to do one better and helped Saurashtra win the Ranji Title in the 2019-20 season.
Sheldon Jackson Has Got The NOC And We Are Happy To Have Him Back: Saurashtra Cricket Association Chief Jaydev Shah
Sheldon Jackson was the team’s highest run-scorer in their title-winning campaign in 2019, but then made up his mind to play for Puducherry. However, owing to the ongoing pandemic, he could play only 10 matches for the team, which includes 5 T20s and as many 50-over matches.
He topped the batting charts for Puducherry in the 20-over domestic tournament with 242 runs in five innings, including his maiden century in the format, an unbeaten match-winning 106 against Andhra. Jackson was the team’s second-highest run-getter in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, with 227 runs in five innings, including a best of 104.
“He has got the NOC and we are happy to have him back. Last year, it was his personal decision to leave Saurashtra, now that he is happy, we welcome him back,” Saurashtra Cricket Association chief Jaydev Shah confirmed to Press Trust of India.
Not only this, but his performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 landed him an Indian Premier League (IPL) deal with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021 auction, which was his first stint in the T20 league after 4 years.
Jackson, 34, is among the more proficient batters in the domestic circuit, averaging 49.42 in 76 first-class matches, with 19 centuries and 27 half-centuries. He averages 37.42 in 60 List A matches while striking at 117.09 across 59 T20s.