Navdeep Poonia, a Jat cricketer in Scotland Team

Navdeep Singh Poonia (born 11 May 1986) is a Scottish cricket player. He is a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium fast bowler. He has played his first one one-day international for Scotland against Ireland on 5 August 2006.He also made three Twenty20 appearances for Warwickshire in 2006 season.He plays for Warwickshire in English county cricket.Poonia scored a half-century on his C&G Trophy debut in June,2006.He was named in a 14-man squad for the visit of Inzamam-ul-Haq's star-studded outfit for the historic one day match against Pakistan but at the last moment,Warwickshire refused to release him.Because,Mark Greatbatch,the coach of Warwickshire required Poonia for Warwickshire's Twenty/20 Cup clash at Northants. In this way,he is the victim of his own success.
His path to pulling on a Scotland jersey has been littered with many an obstacle. It was Warwickshire's tartan export Dougie Brown who first brought notice of Poonia's origins to then Under-19 national coach Peter Drinnen. A spot in the under-age World Cup was offered but then withdrawn because of the rules which put residency and education over birth place. Having withdrawn those parameters, the route was clear for him to become a fully-fledged Saltire and with a top order place firmly up for grabs, he could easily find his way in the party which will head for the Caribbean next spring. Observers of Poonia's game consider him a highly capable shot maker, inventive but not reckless. He concedes that at one day level he has much still to learn. "I think playing for Scotland will help me mentally most of all.


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