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T&T cricketer suffers leg injury in car accident

Published:Friday | January 9, 2015 | 1:00 AM
Pooran _____________________________ Nicholas Pooran launches a delivery from Nikita Miller for six on the final day of the third round match between Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and the Jamaica Franchise in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Queen's Park Oval.

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):

Emerging wicketkeeper batsman Nicholas Pooran has been forced to withdraw from the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force after suffering leg injuries in a vehicular accident near his home town in Couva on Tuesday.

Pooran, 19, underwent surgery on Wednesday after suffering a fractured left ankle and a damaged left knee from the accident which occurred while he was returning home from training at the National Cricket Centre.

The accident happened hours after Pooran was named on the Red

Force squad preparing for next week's NAGICO Super50 regional one-day series to be staged here.

"The situation is being monitored and our doctors are in touch with the doctor who is treating with Nicholas," CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Suruj Ragoonath told the Express.

"The first priority is his general well-being and the second priority would be his cricket."

Pooran's absence is seen as a blow to the Red Force which is already without regular wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin due to West Indies duty.

"It is a huge setback," said Ragoonath. "Nicholas is one of the most if not the most talented young players in the Caribbean. His career was very much on the launching pad. We are hoping that there is positive news coming out of the surgery."

Among those who visited Pooran at the hospital were his teammates Yannick Ottley, Steven Katwaroo, captain Rayad Emrit and national team technical director David Williams.

Replaced by Steven Katwaroo

Cricket Operations Officer of the T&T Cricket Board, Dudnath Ramkessoon, has announced that Pooran, who was warded at the San Fernando General Hospital, would be replaced by fellow wicketkeeper/batsman Steven Katwaroo.

The left-handed strokemaker burst onto the scene with a debut half-century for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament in 2013.

Also, he scored 143 out of a total of 208 for West Indies Under-19 , in a losing cause against Australia at last year's under-19 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.