Sheldon Jackson, the Right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, has decided to return home and play for Saurashtra in the upcoming domestic season, having played for Puducherry for the past year. The veteran team is ready to join his state for the 2021-2022 season, which will begin with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in October.
The experienced batsman, who plays in the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders, has already obtained the No Objection Certificate from the Cricket Association of Puducherry. Sheldon Jackson helped Saurashtra finish second in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy. However, he then used his abilities to do one better and helped Saurashtra win the Ranji title in the 2019-20 season.
Sheldon Jackson has the NOC and we are happy to have him back: Jaydev Shah, head of the Saurashtra Cricket Association.
Sheldon Jackson was the team’s best run-scorer in their title-winning campaign in 2019, but decided to play for Puducherry. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, he was only able to play ten games for the team, which includes 5 T20s and as many as 50 games.
He topped the batting charts for Puducherry in the 20-over domestic tournament with 242 runs in five overs, including his first century in format, an unbeaten 106 match against Andhra. Jackson was the team’s second highest scorer in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, with 227 runs in five overs, including a best of 104.
“He has the NOC and we are happy to have him back. “Last year it was his personal decision to leave Saurashtra, now that he is happy, we welcome him back.” Jaydev Shah, head of Saurashtra Cricket Association, confirmed to Press Trust of India.
Not only that, but also his performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 earned him an Indian Premier League (IPL) deal with the Kolkata Knight Riders at the IPL 2021 auction, which after 4 years is his first tournament in the T20 -liga was.
Jackson (34) is one of the most skilled batsmen in the domestic course, averaging 49.42 in 76 first-class games, with 19 centuries and 27 half-centuries. He averaged 37.42 in 60 list A matches while hitting 117.09 over 59 T20s.