West Indies and Kings XI Punjab star Nicholas Pooran has extended his stay in England by signing up for Yorkshire for the Vitality Blast. The left-handed batsman is currently in England for the ongoing World Cup. He recently plied his trade in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and will have another opportunity to enhance his reputation by impressing in the Vitality Blast.
According to Daily Mail, Nicholas Pooran will feature in five group games between the World Cup final on July 14 and the Windies’ home T20 series versus India, starting in Florida on August 3. However, Pooran’s participation for Yorkshire depends on him three more appearances for West Indies in the World Cup. As per English domestic cricket’s regulations, overseas players must have either played one Test or earned 15 international caps over the preceding two years.
Nicholas Pooran has not looked back since impressing the star-studded T10 tournament in the United Arab Emirates. The youngster had outshone his illustrious West Indies teammate Chris Gayle and other big names by finishing as the leading run scorer with 324, hitting 33 sixes. He then marked his arrival at international stage by blasting a 25-ball 53 against India.
That knock helped him receive his maiden one-day international call-up in February and he was retained by West Indies for this World Cup after an impressive outing in the IPL. He has impressed in the World Cup too. The left-hander smashed an unbeaten 34 off just 19 deliveries to guide his team to a crushing seven-wicket win over Pakistan. He followed it up with a 40-run knock in a losing cause against Australia.
Nicholas Pooran’s wicketkeeping, meanwhile, will give Yorkshire an opportunity to give Jonny Tattersall some much-needed rest. Tattersall plays across formats for Yorkshire and would definitely welcome some much-needed rest.