KATHMANDU, Nov 24: The Everest Premier League franchise Pokhara Rhinos has announced its second overseas recruit for the upcoming season revealing the signing of English all-rounder Paul Coughlin from Durham on Friday.
The former England Lions all-rounder Coughlin captained his national side against West Indies and Australia last year. The 26-year-old also skippered his former county side Durham in T20 cricket in 2017 season before making a transfer to Nottinghamshire for the 2018 season.
Coughlin, born on Wearside, progressed through the Durham academy to make his first class debut against Australia-A in 2012, but a stress fracture of the back entailed number first XI cricket the following season.
Coughlin, a talented all-rounder cricketer is a right-handed batsman and bowls right-arm medium. Joining the minor counties for Northumberland in 2011, Coughlin made his first-class debut for Durham in 2012.
The managing director of Rhinos Deepa Agrawal was thankful for Coughlin coming to Nepal and strengthened the squad which fell short in playoffs during the last season of EPL. “Pokhara Rhinos is thrilled to announce highly skilled and young English all-rounder Paul Coughlin. He is going to be a great asset. The management expresses their gratitude to Paul for being a part of Pokhara Rhinos,” said Agrawal.
Similarly, Coughlin is looking forward to making the trip and joining his squad of Nepali players and realizes the growing clout of Nepali cricket in the world stage. “Cricket in Nepal is growing and I feel honored to be a part of it. It is going to be a lot of fun and surely an exhilarating experience,” said Coughlin.
Rhinos earlier revealed Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer as their first overseas signing and Australian Nathan Dodd as head coach. The EPL is set to start from December 8 and the final will be played on December 22.