Pooran facing ban over contract snub
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC:
Exciting West Indies Twenty20 batsman Nicholas Pooran will be slapped with a suspension by the West Indies Cricket Board, after snubbing his Leeward Islands Hurricanes contract for the upcoming Professional Cricket League.
The 21-year-old, who made his international debut in the recent series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, opted out of his PCL contract in order to represent Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League.
However, WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead said Pooran's decision would result in a suspension from WICB-sponsored tournaments for an unspecified period.
"Nicholas Pooran has decided not to play for the franchise that he was selected for. All persons who are entering the [PCL] draft, sign that they will make themselves available and commit themselves to playing for whoever they are drafted by," Muirhead was quoted as saying.
"If you fail to honour that, then there are consequences. The consequence is actually that he won't be able, for a specific period, play for WICB-sponsored tournaments."
Muirhead said while Pooran's suspension would not make him ineligible for selection to the regional side, it would certainly hurt the player's chances.
The regional first-class season bowls off next weekend with Hurricanes hosting Barbados Pride at Warner Park in St Kitts.