Sheldon Jackson to represent Puducherry: The Saurashtra stalwart has decided to now play as a professional for Puducherry.
Batsman Sheldon Jackson has decided to end his 14-year association with Saurashtra as he will be seen representing Puducherry in the upcoming Indian domestic season.
Jackson, who made his List A debut for Saurashtra in 2006, has scored 8,501 runs in 185 matches (mostly for Saurashtra) across formats. Having emerged as a premier batsman for the state over the years, Jackson has also amassed 25 centuries across first-class and List A cricket.
Jackson’s decision comes out as a surprising one as he had played a vital role in Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy winning campaign last season. Having scored 809 runs in 10 matches at an average of 50.56 including three centuries and as many half-centuries, Jackson was Saurashtra’s highest run-scorer in the last Ranji season.
Cricket Association of Pondicherry have made big coup. They have acquired Saurashtra’s Sheldon Jackson as one of their professionals alongside Paras Dogra (retained) and Pankaj Singh (back to Pondicherry after a year) for the @BCCIdomestic season #RanjiTrophy
— Venkata Krishna B (@venkatatweets) July 12, 2020
Sheldon Jackson to represent Puducherry
Jackson, 33, has become the second high-profile name after Tamil Nadu pacer Sandeep Warrier to shift states before this year’s domestic season. Considering the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it still remains unclear if teams would play a truncated season or a full one.
“This has been one of the hardest decisions that I had to make and it’s not been easy for me but I feel it the right time for me to move on and play as a professional in some other team or state.
“The journey so far has been fantastic and I am thankful to everyone at Saurashtra Cricket Association for standing by my side in my good and bad times,” Jackson mentioned in a press release by SCA (Saurashtra Cricket Association).
“Sheldon Jackson has been an outstanding Cricketer and great human being. I sincerely wish him all the very best,” SCA President Jaydev Shah said in a release.
While Jackson played in the Elite Pool at Saurashtra, he will now be seen playing in the Plate Group at Puducherry.