Keen to play
Published on Jun 16, 2016, 11:00 pm AST
By Roger Seepersad
READY FOR CPL RETURN: Nicholas Pooran.Photo: DEXTER PHILIP
Trinidad and Tobagoâ€™s Nicholas Pooran was the youngest player to feature in the inaugural edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 (CPL) in 2013, and he turned a few heads with a debut half-century. The 20-year-old is looking to turn a few more on his return to the tournament, after missing out last year following a career-threatening vehicular accident which kept him on the sidelines for most of 2015. Picked by former champions Barbados Tridents for the fourth edition of the tournament, Pooran wants to surprise all and create some more good memories in what is now known as â€œthe biggest party in sportsâ€. â€œI am really excited to play in the CPL again,â€ he told the media earlier this week.
It is a wonderful tournament. My main goal will be to help the team win the tournament.â€ Speaking about his comeback, Pooran said it was a lot of hard work and sacrifice, and after a successful season on the domestic circuit with Queenâ€™s Park Cricket Club, he is now ready to return to the big stage. â€œSince I was out, everyday I was doing therapy and training and I put on some weight, so right now I am trying to lose it. I have been training day in, day out, night and day, to try an reach back to where I was (before the accident),â€ said Pooran. In his first season with the Parkites, the Port of Spain club won all three domestic competitionsâ€”the three-day (format) league and the 50-over and T20â€”with Pooran playing an integral part in their success.
He was the match-winner in their come-from-behind victory over Alescon Comets in the T20 final when he kept a level head to hit an unbeaten 56, guiding his team to a close three-wicket win. â€œFor now, I am in good nick and you know I have had some good memories at CPL and I have also had some bad memories at CPL. I want to create (some more) good memories in CPL this year,â€ he said. â€œWhen I got into the accident, I had leg injuries and people thought I might not be keeping or playing again. It is a lot of work I did, and I thank God that I am back wicket-keeping again and playing normal now. â€œI just want to surprise everybody and show them how far I came. I have been doing some work with David Williams, so hopefully I will do well in the CPL,â€ Pooran added.