/Yorkshire Vikings sign Nicholas Pooran

Yorkshire Vikings sign Nicholas Pooran

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Pooran made his ODI debut against England earlier in the year, and has established himself as an explosive batsman

Pooran made his ODI debut against England earlier in the year, and has established himself as an explosive batsman © Getty

Yorkshire Vikings sign Nicholas Pooran for this year’s T20 Blast, where he will play five games. Pooran qualified for the visa of an overseas player for the tournament after having completed the required number of international appearances (15 over the preceding two years) for West Indies during the course of the 2019 World Cup.

“I’m very excited to be joining Yorkshire,” he told yorkshireccc.com on Thursday (July 27). “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. I’m determined to do my best for Yorkshire and perform as well as I know I can and contribute to some victories.

“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.”

Pooran made his ODI debut against England earlier in the year, and has established himself as an explosive batsman. In the six ODIs he has played since, he has 163 runs averaging 32.60 and striking at 93.67. He has also played 11 T20Is with 218 runs, striking at 140.

Martyn Moxon, the Yorkshire director of cricket, 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 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.”

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