Prolific batsman Sheldon Jackson, who played a pivotal position in Saurashtra’s maiden Ranji Trophy triumph in the season passed by, will compete for Puducherry in the home circuit this yr, a choice which the cricketer stated was “not simple”.The right-hander scored 809 runs in the 2019-20 season in 10 matches (18 innings) at an average of 50.56.
“This has been one of many hardest resolution that I needed to make and it’s not been simple for me however I really feel its the precise time for me to maneuver on and play as knowledgeable in another team or state,” Jackson acknowledged in a launch issued by Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA).
Former Test bowler Pankaj Singh has also returned to Puducherry after missing the last season attributable to harm whereas Paras Dogra, one other prolific scorer in home cricket, has been retained because the third visitor player, Cricket Association of Pondicherry Secretary V Chandran informed PTI.
Jackson made his debut for Saurashtra in 2011 and scored 5634 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 49.42, together with 19 tons of and 27 half-centuries.
Jackson has got the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from SCA to play home cricket from different associations.
“The journey till now has been unbelievable and I’m grateful to everybody at Saurashtra Cricket Association for standing by my side in my good and dangerous occasions,” the 33-year-old stated.
“I’m very grateful to Mr Niranjan Shah (SCA Secretary) and Mr Jaydev Shah (SCA President) who’ve been father figures to me on and off the ground and have been my fixed support in my occasions of darkness and once I was low in my performances,” he added.
The SCA President lauded the player and wished him luck for his subsequent task.
“Sheldon Jackson has been excellent Cricketer and significant human being. I sincerely want him all the perfect,” Jaydev Shah stated.The CAP Secretary welcomed Jackson and praised his prolific run for Saurashtra.
“Signed contracts with Sheldon Jackson, Paras Dogra and Pankaj Singh for 2020-21 season as visitor players. All three have established themselves as high performers for a protracted time period in Ranji Trophy,” the CAP official stated.
“We opted for Jackson as he is a significant batter and has performed nicely in Ranji Trophy on a constant foundation and helped Saurashtra win the title together with his excellent batting,” he added.
Dogra, a heavy scorer for Himachal Pradesh, amassed 967 runs from 9 matches at an average of 80.58 with 4 tons of in the 2019-20 season.
Chandran stated the team has sufficient sources this season to do nicely and qualify for the knockout stage.
“CAP has sufficient sources this season to do nicely and qualify for the quarterfinals and take it from there. The selectors unanimously picked the three visitor players-Jackson, Dogra and Singh,” he added.
Pankaj Singh is back to symbolize Puducherry after having missed out on the 2019-20 season owing to harm when former India bowler Vinay Kumar changed him.
He featured for the fledgling home side in the first season (2018-’19).Former India and Mumbai bowler Aavishkar Salvi was recently appointed coach of the Puducherry team.