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T20 Blast 2020: Nicholas Pooran returns to play for Yorkshire Vikings

The Guyana Amazon Warriors star batsman expressed joy in getting an opportunity to represent the Vikings again next season.

Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Yorkshire Vikings have signed powerful left-handed batsman from the Caribbean Islands, Nicholas Pooran for T20 Blast 2020. The batsman would be available for most of the north group games for the Vikings unless any international commitments keep him away.

Pooran is known for his power-hitting exploits in the T20 format. He played a crucial role for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the recently-concluded Caribbean Premier League where the Guyana franchise went unbeaten in the league stage, winning 10 matches on the trot. The aggressive and talented left-hander also played a blistering knock of 67 to power the Vikings to a gigantic score of 255/2 against Leicestershire during the T20 Blast in July this year – one of the highlights of the season.

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Nicholas Pooran excited to return

The Guyana Amazon Warriors star batsman expressed joy in getting an opportunity to represent the Vikings again next season. “I’m very happy to be returning to Headingley for next season’s T20 Blast. I really enjoyed my short stint there after the World Cup and feel I have a bit of unfinished business with the weather winning in a couple of the games I was scheduled to play in 2019,” said Pooran on his signing as quoted by Cricbuzz.

Yorkshire Cricket Club’s coach Andrew Gale highly rates the West Indian and said that his signing would bolster the Vikings squad tremendously. He also went on to stress the importance of having him in the side as he can be a match-winner on any given day.

Meanwhile, Martyn Moxon (Director of Cricket) at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club said, “We are pleased that it has worked out that way. He is a player with incredible talent and such an explosive player. We feel that he will be a great addition to our T20 Blast squad.”

England’s new T20I opener Dawid Malan was also signed recently by the Vikings. The team looks extremely threatening with two promising left-handers representing them. Andrew Gale went to emphasize that both batsmen bring in a lot of experience to the side which would help them win more games next season. They were involved in some really close games this season so both inclusions should help tackle the pressure situations better.

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