Yorkshire Vikings bring in West Indian Nicholas Pooran for T20 Blast

The 23-year-old Trinidad-born wicketkeeper will play five games of the T20 competition as an overseas signing

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Yorkshire Vikings have added West Indies' Nicholas Pooran to their roster for the T20 Vitality Blast which begins next month.

The 23-year-old will compete in five matches for the Vikings having made the required 15 international appearances over the preceding two years to qualify as an overseas signing.

Pooran only made his ODI debut in Bridgetown against England in February this year, but has quickly established himself as one of the most frightening batsmen in limited-overs cricket. Now four years on from an horrific car accident which could have ended his career, he is hoping to continue racking up impressive numbers in T20 competitions around the world.

"I'm very excited to be joining Yorkshire," Pooran said.

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Pooran made his West Indies debut in February

"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.

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"I'm a really aggressive player, I strive to be exciting and I like to entertain the fans."

Yorkshire's Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon, added: "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."

The news comes just a day after the county announced the signing of South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj for the next three County Championship matches.

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