West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran has signed for Yorkshire Vikings for the upcoming T20 Blast. Left-handed batsman is all set to appear for Vikings in five matches. Pooran has fulfilled the criteria for an overseas professional to take part in this year’s T20 Blast.
For West Indies, Pooran has produced decent numbers with the bat in this ongoing World Cup. On 27th July, Pooran expressed his excitement in signing for Yorkshire for the upcoming T20 competition. He also said that he wants to learn more and improve his game by playing cricket in the UK. Pooran said that he will be looking to make an impact with the bat for Yorkshire in the T20 Blast competition.
Left-handed batsman also said that it is difficult to play for different teams in the T20 Format. He said that the key is to adjust to the conditions and improve your game continuously. Earlier this year, Pooran made his limited-overs debut for West Indies against England. He has produced decent numbers in the 50-over format and is currently averaging 32.60 at a strike rate of 93.67. Also, Pooran has played 11 T20 matches for West Indies and scored 218 runs at a strike rate of 140.
Yorkshire Director Martyn Moxon said, “Pooran has been a consistent performer in the T20 format and he has become available for only five matches for this year’s T20 Blast competition. Hopefully, Pooran make an impact with the bat in this tournament.”
Jonny Tattersall has played continuous cricket for Yorkshire across all three formats. He is scheduled to in back-to-back matches in the County Championship. So Pooran has been signed in order to provide cover to Tattersall, who has played a lot of games for the county side this year.
Moxon also said that the team management have concerns over the workload of Jonny Tattersall and will closely monitor his progress in the next set of matches. Nicholas Pooran was certainly a target for Yorkshire for longest possible time.