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Pooran Set To Showcase ‘Red Ball’ Skills

Better get ready, come do rock steady, yeah
You got to do this new dance, hope you are ready
You got to do it, just like Uncle Freddy
If you don’t know.

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Nicholas Pooran, the 25-year-old Windies batting star, is set to showcase his skills in the long form of the cricket game when the Windies A tackles New Zealand A in the first of a two-match series starting December 3.

The Trinidad and Tobago and Windies rising star left-handed batter and wicketkeeper has received accolades from all and sundry on his cricketing skills.

He is touted as one of the most exciting and complete young batsmen in ODI and T20 cricket, and that has prompted calls from cricket aficionados for his inclusion in red-ball cricket.

Michael Holding, commentator and Windies former fast bowler, made his appeal a few months ago for Pooran to be considered for Test selection, despite his limited first-class experience.

Pooran made his first-class debut for Trinidad and Tobago against the Leeward Islands in November 2014, during the 2014–15 season of the Regional Four Day Competition.

However, he has not played 4-day cricket since then, but has demonstrated time and again that he’s equipped to play the longer format of the game.

Windies chief selector Roger Harper noted that the tour to New Zealand would afford white ball cricketers a chance to test their skills in the game’s longer format.

“This series will give our players an opportunity to play first-class cricket against foreign opposition as well as experience different conditions here in New Zealand,” Roger Harper, Cricket West Indies’ lead selector, said.

“It will also help to keep them in the frame should the need for replacements for the Test team arise, as we will have players who have been playing red-ball cricket and in form to consider.”

In a few days, a number of white ball players, including Pooran, will seek to capitalize on the opportunity to show that they belong at the elite level of Windies cricket.

West Indies A squad vs New Zealand A: Fabian Allen, Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Shayne Moseley, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Jayden Seales, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh

December 3-6: West Indies “A” vs New Zealand “A” at Bay Oval

December 11-14: West Indies “A” vs New Zealand “A” at Saxton Oval, Nelson.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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