PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – West Indies wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran will be banned from participating in the upcoming Digicel Four-Day Regional tournament after signing with the Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
As a result the player will also be unable to take part in the Regional Super50 tournament, which will get under way early next year and also impact his chances of eligibility for the West Indies.
Pooran’s woes, as WICB chief executive officer Michael Muirhead explained, stems from not honouring his contract with the Leeward Islands Hurricane for the upcoming tournament, which has resulted in a suspension from WICB sponsored tournaments.
“Nicholas Pooran has decided not to play for the franchise (Leeward Islands Hurricanes) that he was selected for. All persons who are entering the (WICB Four-Day) draft, sign that they will make themselves available and commit themselves to playing for whoever they are drafted by.
If you fail to honour that then there are consequences. The consequence is actually is that he won’t be able, for a specific period, play for WICB sponsored tournaments,” Muirhead explained.
While admitting that the player’s period of ineligibility did not rule him out of selection for the regional team, Muirhead explained that he could be put at a disadvantage.
“It does not mean he cannot play in a West Indies team if he is selected but it might lessen his chances of selection by not playing in our tournaments, but it still means that he could be selected if the selectors see it fit to choose him.”