|Full name||Nicholas Pooran|
|Born||2 October 1995|
Couva, Trinidad and Tobago
|T20I debut (cap 64)||23 September 2016 v Pakistan|
|Last T20I||17 December 2018 v Bangladesh|
|Domestic team information|
|2013–2014||Trinidad and Tobago|
|2015||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots|
|2016–present||Barbados Tridents (squad no. 29)|
|2019–||Kings Xi Punjab|
Source: CricketArchive, 17 December 2018
Nicolas Pooran ( //; born 2 October 1995) is a Trinidadian cricketer who plays for Trinidad and Tobago in West Indian domestic matches and for the Red Steel in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). As of the 2014 season, he is the youngest player to have appeared in CPL matches.
From McBean, north of Couva, Pooran attended Naparima College in San Fernando, and played for the school's cricket team. A left-handed wicket-keeper/batsman, he represented Trinidad and Tobago at various underage and schoolboys tournaments, and made his national under-19 debut at the 2012 regional tournament, aged only 16.
Pooran debuted for the West Indies under-19s in October 2013, in a bilateral series against the Bangladesh under-19s, and went on to play at the 2014 Under-19 World Cup. The team's vice-captain and primary wicket-keeper, he scored 303 runs from six matches, ranking fourth for total runs and leading the West Indies' averages.
This included half-centuries against Canada and India, and an innings of 143 runs against Australia (from a team total of 208 all out), which was the highest score of the tournament and was subsequently described as "one of the most memorable innings under pressure in the tournament's history". Pooran's innings was the highest ever under-19 ODI score against Australia, and his 136-run ninth-wicket partnership with Barbadian Jerome Jones was a record for all under-19 matches.
Prior to the inaugural 2013 CPL season, he was selected in the squad of the Red Steel, Trinidad's CPL franchise, and aged 17, was the youngest player in the competition. On debut against the Guyana Amazon Warriors, he scored 54 from 24 balls, an innings which included six sixes and was noted for its "clean, calm stroke play" and "uninhibited aggression". Pooran's batting was less successful at the remainder of the tournament, and also at the 2013 Champions League, where he represented the Trinidad and Tobago national side rather than the Red Steel franchise.
He again played for the Red Steel during the 2014 CPL season, but is yet to score any further half-centuries. 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.
In his second match, against Jamaica, he top-scored with 55 runs in T&T's second innings, before being one of Nikita Miller's seven victims. At club level, Pooran plays for Clarke Road in the Trinidadian leagues.
He also played part of the 2014 season in Ontario, representing the Redemption Sports Club in the Etobicoke & District Cricket League.
In January 2015, Pooran was involved in a road accident in St. Mary's, Trinidad, sustaining ankle and knee injuries. He was ruled out for both the remainder of Trinidad and Tobago's domestic season and the 2015 Caribbean Premier League.
T20 franchise career
Pooran Played for Islamabad United in 2017 Pakistan Super League as he was drafted in as a replacement of England's Ben Duckett in United's squad.He joined the team ahead of play-offs. He made his debut against Karachi Kings.
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