By Neto Baptiste
Antigua and Barbuda’s Devon Thomas is set to take guard for the Pune Devils when the Abu Dhabi T10 League 2021 rolls out on January 28.
The wicketkeeper batsman, who last represented the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) regional tournaments in 2019/20 was one of 14 players drafted by the Devils in December.
Revealing that he is set to leave for Dubai between January 20 and 21, Thomas is hoping this could be a life changing opportunity as he looks to get his cricket back on track.
“This could turn my life around towards a career because I am 31 now and having not been picked for the CPL [Caribbean Premier League] and I haven’t played much cricket since Covid-19, this is a good opportunity for me to really start over. I have been watching some cricket over the last few months and I feel left out,” he said.
Thomas, who was the third leading batsman in the 2019/20 Super 50 with 368 runs from 10 matches, is looking forward to representing the Pune Devils in Dubai as it will be his first tournament since the 2019/20 regional season which was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.
“It will be my first time playing outside of the West Indies in a league so it is a good opportunity for me to showcase my talents and just to get back onto the field because since last year February I haven’t played any cricket so I am just looking forward to getting back onto the field and give a good account of myself,” he said.
Overlooked for the recent tour of Bangladesh despite finishing third in the most runs standings of the Super 50, Thomas said his ultimate aim is to play for the regional squad.
“That is the first target for anyone to represent their nation so I am still looking out for a call but the onus is on me, honestly. I think I have to give a better effort on the field and push a lot more, so instead of scoring 300 runs, I could have scored 400. I looked back at the tournament and saw that I shortchanged myself at the end of the day so I have myself to blame,” the player said. The Abu Dhabi T10 league is in its fourth season. The tournament will be played as a round robin followed by semifinals and the final.