TRIDENTS SIGN NYEEM YOUNG AS EMERGING PLAYER FOR CPL 2020
Thu, 12th, Mar 2020
In preparation for the 2020 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), each of the teams had their pick from the pool of talent that is the Emerging Players.
And reigning champions Barbados Tridents have signed young starlet Nyeem Young who had a very impressive outing with the West Indies U-19 side at this year's ICC U-19 World Cup in January. The young Barbadian had a phenomenal tournament with bat and ball; he scored 140 runs at an amazing strike rate of 102.18 with a top score of 66, finding the boundaries with ease as seen from his 12 fours and 5 sixes. With the ball he picked up 8 wickets with best figures of 5/45 which was the best by any West Indies player at this year's tournament.
West Indies U-19 were in the 'Group of Death' at this year's World Cup alongside heavyweights Australia and England, but still managed to get through to the knockouts. In group games against both of these teams, Young had stirring performances, his 61 of 69 against Australia helping the Windies register their first ever win over the Aussies in the history of the U-19 World Cup. What made it all the more memorable was he came in with his side at 70/4 and in a precarious situation chasing 180 for victory.
Against England his 41-ball 66 helped propel the Windies to 267 batting first, setting the platform for the win. And he then followed it up with his burst of 5/45 that left England in disarray.
In an interview with ESPNCricinfo during the tournament, Young had mentioned that he compares himself to be an all-rounder in the mould of England's Ben Stokes. He had also revealed that he hoped to play for his hometown side comparing them to IPL side Mumbai Indians.
"My next aim is to play in the Barbados first team and maybe get a CPL gig. Barbados are a bit like Mumbai Indians in the IPL, so many good players that they can field three teams. We have around eight-nine Test players from Barbados, so when the national team isn't playing, it's difficult making it to the first XI", Young had told ESPNCricinfo.
The youngster's dream has certainly come true now with the Tridents signing him up.