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EPL Foreign Recruits: Tigers pin hopes on Middlesex trio including Stirling

Dec 09, 2018 | CN Staff |
Prithu Baskota’s Chitwan Tigers had terrible season last year with only win in five league matches. They finished at the bottom of the table as the team hardly looked like bouncing back throughout their campaign. With captain Prithu Baskota back and three cricketers from English County playing in, including Irish skipper Paul Stirling, Chitwan Tigers now could play in a different league this season. 

Ireland skipper Paul Stirling is the biggest signing for them with George Scott and John Simpson bolstering the squad. All three players play for Middlesex in the English County Championship. Roshan Dhital here talks about Tigers' foreign recruits.

Paul Stirling (Ireland)

The name itself is big in this season's EPL. The Irish opener came to Nepal following a stint with Kerala Knights in the T10 League in the United Arab Emirates. Stirling  has been representing Middlesex for the last eight years scoring 2,706 runs and 25 wickets for the County. The 28-year old is considered as one of the best batsman to play for Ireland so far with 3,346 ODI runs in 100 appearance. He has so far accumulated seven ODI centuries. He was part of the Irish team in the 2011 50-over World Cup in the Indian sub-continent where he made one century (101 against the Netherlands) which came off just 70 deliveries. Stirling smashed his first ton against Test nation in a 2011’s two-match bilateral ODI series against Pakistan. He became first Irish batsman to score boundary in Test cricket when Ireland played Pakistan in their inaugural Test match earlier this year. 

George Scott (England)

All-rounder George Scott, 23, is a right-handed batsman who also bowls medium pace. The all round Scott will provide a much-needed balance for Tigers. He has experience of playing five First-Class matches along with two List-A and 15 Twenty20s. He has made 207 Twenty20 runs and taken two wickets so far. 

John Simpson (England)

The 30-year old left-handed wicket-keeper batsman Simpson is has already played for England in age-level cricket back in 2005/06. He will take on the field in Tigers’ outfit with bulk of experience including 140 First-Class matches. He has 5,827 runs in longer format with 454 dismissals behind the stumps. He averages 25.56 in List-A cricket with 1,335 runs to his name.


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