Hong Kong T20 Blitz 2017

New Zealand’s James Franklin, Scotland’s Calum MacLeod and West Indian Nicholas Pooran join Hong Kong T20 Blitz

Franchises continue their build-up for the March 8-12 tournament by strengthening their squads

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 January, 2017, 7:12pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 February, 2017, 12:42pm

New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin, Scotland’s Calum MacLeod and rising West Indian Nicholas Pooran have joined the list of players who will be taking part in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz from March 8-12 at Tin Kwong Road.

The 36-year-old Franklin played 31 tests, 110 one-day matches and 38 T20 internationals for the Black Caps, scoring one century in the five-day format. He has taken 82 test wickets, 81 one-day scalps and 20 T20 wickets.

The Wellington-born Franklin, a veteran of the global T20 circuit, will turn out for the Hung Hom JD Jaguars in Hong Kong. MacLeod has signed for Kowloon Cantons while Pooran will wear City Kaitak colours during the Blitz.

“James Franklin is a wonderful impact player, as he can swing the fate of a match for us in just a few balls,” said Jaguars fielding coach Trevor Penney.

MacLeod scored an impressive 64 off 30 balls against the Hong Kong team in Scotland’s victory during this month’s Desert T20 tournament, losing his wicket to soon-to-be-teammate Ehsan Nawaz. 

“I’m delighted to be playing for the Kowloon Cantons in the HKT20 blitz. It’s an exciting tournament for both Hong Kong cricket and all of associate cricket,” said MacLeod.

Pooran is a talented young wicketkeeper-batsman who has shown great potential. The 21-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago has played three T20s for West Indies.

“Pooran is a perfect addition to the team” a City Kaitak spokesman said. “He brings in the wicket-keeping along with his artful batting and performs well under pressure. He is sure to entertain Hong Kong cricket fans with his Caribbean persona on the ground.”

Pooran came into the spotlight when he played the innings of the Under-19 2014 World Cup in UAE, hitting 143 off 160 balls and lifting West Indies from 70 for eight to 208 against Australia.