The 22-year-old Guyanese-native comes to the Hurricanes highly recommended by Tasmanian cricket great, Ricky Ponting, Paul’s coach at the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The right-hander made his T20I debut for the West Indies against Afghanistan in March 2018 and has since gone on to play 18 T20Is for the Windies, taking a total of 24 wickets and making 142 runs at an average of 20.28.
Following the conclusion of the IPL, Paul has now joined his West Indian teammates in New Zealand, and after the completion of their T20 and Test Series, will join up with the Hurricanes for BBL|10.
“I am really excited to be joining Hobart for the upcoming BBL, and I am very grateful for the opportunity,” Paul said. “I have always been a big BBL fan and avid watcher of tournament, and I cannot wait to join up with the Hurricanes group. I have spoken to Ricky here at the IPL about Hobart and Tasmania and he has spoken really positively about the team and the competition. I also caught up with Griff [Head Coach, Adam Griffith] after our [IPL] game recently, and it was great to hear more about the very exciting squad this year.”
Hurricanes Head Coach, Adam Griffith, confirmed that Paul’s signing was an exciting inclusion for the squad.
“Keemo is another exciting young player, in the early stages of his international career,” Griffith said.
“A bowling all-rounder with very good skills, Keemo uses different types of slower balls, and loves bowling at the death. He’s also a hard-hitting batsman that can clear the fence, adding more power to our lower-middle order to finish off an innings.”
Hurricanes General Manager, Scott Barnes, added that it said a lot to the culture of the Hurricanes that yet another international was keen to make their BBL debut in purple.
“We are thrilled to welcome Keemo to the Hurricanes for BBL|10.
“It’s great to welcome another young and exciting international talent to the League, but it’s extra exciting for our members and fans when they want to make their debut in purple.”
The Hurricanes will announce their final international player signing for BBL|10 tomorrow.