KATHMANDU, Mar 1: Chitwan Tigers, the Everest Premier League (EPL) franchise, has announced the signing of South African James Fuller and Australian Tim David for the upcoming season on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Fuller was born in New Zealand and mostly plays his cricket in England. An all-rounder who can clock 140+ kmph with ball and a late-innings specialist with a strike-rate of more than 145 runs per 100 balls, began his career with Otago in New Zealand before securing successful stints with county teams Gloucestershire, Middlesex and Hampshire in England. The right-hander has a total of 96 wickets in T20 cricket along with 33 sixes with a strike-rate of 146.55 and 37 catches in the same format.
Tigers’ operations director, Binita Chaudhary Bhattarai, is looking forward to the balance Fuller can provide to the team which was eliminated in the first knock-out match in the last edition.
“The balance Fuller provides in the playing XI will be valuable for us. Not only as a strike bowler but he can come handy as a finisher with the bat too where most of the games is decided in T20 cricket. Tigers hare happy to have an all-round talent like him,” stated Bhattarai in the press release.
Similarly, Tigers also confirmed the signing of Timothy Hays David on Saturday. The 23-year-old recently captained Associate nation Singapore and trades his skills for Australian Big Bash League side Perth Scorchers.
The Australian right-handed batsman has a strike-rate of 149 and an average of 38 in T20Is including a half-century against Nepal last year. His top score of 77 runs came against Nepal during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final Qualifiers at Singapore in July last year. He has 36 boundaries and 17 sixes in 12 T20Is.
Bhattarai is excited to have David on board for the experienced batting he can provide on back of his franchise cricket exposure with Scorchers in Big Bash League 2019/20 season. He played seven games for the franchise last season.
“David’s record speaks for itself. He not only has good T20 records but his performance against Nepal proves he can have a great campaign for us in the EPL. He hails from Australian school of cricket further giving impression of his strong mentality regarding big games. We are excited to have him on board.”