Nicholas Pooran: The Youngest Player Ever To Have Appeared In The CPL

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Who is Nicholas Pooran?

A wicket-keeper batsman, Nicholas Pooran made his Caribbean Premier League debut when he was just 17 years old. The left-handed wicket-keeper batsman is a T20 specialist and made his T20I debut for the West Indies at the impressive age of 20. Born in 1995, Nicholas Pooran is still young and has a long career ahead of him. He has played for many T20 franchises around the world, including the Mumbai Indians and Islamabad United. This caused tension between him and the West Indies Cricket Board, which resulted in him receiving a ban.

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Nicholas Pooran: Caribbean Premier League

There has been a recent trend in giving young players an opportunity to play in franchise T20 tournaments. However, Nicholas Pooran’s Caribbean Premier League debut in 2013, when he was just 17 years old, was ahead of its time in many ways. By playing at that young age, Nicholas Pooran is the youngest ever cricketer to have played in the Caribbean Premier League – an impressive record to have. Nicholas Pooran has enjoyed reasonable success in the CPL, playing in ever season since the tournament’s inception in 2013. His best season was in 2016, when he scored 217 runs at a strike rate of close to 200.

Nicholas Pooran: West Indies Cricket Team

After making a name for himself in the Caribbean Premier League, Nicholas Pooran earned a call-up to the West Indies international team for three T20Is against Pakistan in September 2016. Nicholas Pooran’s West Indies debut was disappointing, scoring just five. Unfortunately, his next two matches were equally poor. Scores of just 4 and 16 were far from impressive and Nicholas Pooran struggled on his debut series. While he has not played a T20I series for the West Indies since Nicholas Pooran’s recent success in certain T20 franchise tournaments would no doubt help his case.

Nicholas Pooran’s Ban

The most controversial element of Pooran’s career was when he was banned by the West Indies Cricket Board for playing for ten months. The reason for this ban was because Nicholas Pooran chose to play in the Bangladesh Premier League, which meant that he missed most of the 2016-17 domestic season in the West Indies. This was seen as a rather harsh ban, but one which has not impacted Nicholas Pooran’s career too heavily.

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Nicholas Pooran: Indian Premier League

Although he was involved in the 2017 IPL with the Mumbai Indians, Nicholas Pooran did not actually play a match for his franchise. However, Pooran described how great a learning experience it was, as he got to play under the watchful eye of Sachin Tendulkar. The reason for his lack of game time is due to the presence of Jos Buttler, another keeper-batsman, in the Mumbai Indians team. Nicholas Pooran went unsold in the 2018 IPL, as his base price of 50 lakhs was rather high.

Nicholas Pooran: Global T20 Challenge

Cricket returned to North America in 2018, in the form of the Global T20 Challenge tournament in Canada. It was a normal franchise T20 tournament and the West Indies sent a “B” team to take part in the tournament. Nicholas Pooran was part of the West Indies B team and had a decent tournament. He got off to the best possible start, hitting 58 (35) against the Montreal Tigers’ formidable bowling unit. He scored runs off Peter Siddle, Lasith Malinga and Sunil Narine. The rest of the tournament was quieter for Nicholas Pooran, who was batting at four. His innings of 44 (28) against the Vancouver Knights helped the West Indies B team to chase a total of 215 in a thrilling match. Overall, Nicholas Pooran ended the tournament with 176 runs at an average of close to 30. He was third highest run-scorer for the West Indies B team.

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Nicholas Pooran: Caribbean Premier League

Nicholas is playing in the Caribbean Premier League for his fifth season in a row. This time he is playing for the Barbados Tridents.  Pooran had previously played for the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots and he originally hails from Trinidad and Tobago. Nicholas Pooran’s 2018 CPL started magnificently, as he hit an unbeaten 45 (27) against the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

 Nicholas Pooran: ICC World Cup T20 2020

The West Indies will go into the ICC World Cup T20 2020 as the defending champions. They have one of the best squads on paper and boast some of the names greatest ever T20 players, like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell. It will be tough for Nicholas to find a spot in West Indies’ ICC T20squad, as they have many other experienced batsmen at their disposal. In terms of a wicket-keeper, Dinesh Ramdin is certainly one of the favorites to keep for the West Indies side. Ramdin kept for them in the 2016 T20 World Cup. As a result, Nicholas Pooran is likely to miss out.

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