Sheldon Jackson set to return to Saurashtra

The seasoned batsman, who plays the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders, has already obtained the No Objection Certificate from Cricket Association of Pondicherry.

Sheldon Jackson amassed 809 runs to help Saurashtra clinch its first-ever Ranji Trophy title in the 2019-20 season.   -  VIJAY SONEJI

Sheldon Jackson, who moved to Puducherry in the last domestic season, has decided to return to Saurashtra for the upcoming season.

The seasoned batsman, who plays the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders, has already obtained the No Objection Certificate from Cricket Association of Puducherry.

"He has got the NOC and we are happy to have him back. Last year, it was his personal decision to leave Saurashtra, now that he has decided to return, we welcome him back," Saurashtra Cricket Association chief Jaydev Shah told Sportstar.

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Sheldon has been one of the batting mainstays of Saurashtra. The seasoned campaigner amassed 809 runs in the tournament to ensure that the side clinched its first-ever Ranji Trophy title in the 2019-20 season.

"Even though I had gone to Puducherry, my heart was here. Soon, I had made up my mind that after the season I would request the SCA about coming back. They are gracious and I was always grateful to them, but now I am even more grateful for welcoming me back," Sheldon told Sportstar.

After guiding Saurashtra to its maiden Ranji Trophy title, Sheldon's decision to shift to a plate team had led to speculations in the cricketing circuit. But back then, the batsman wanted to explore newer avenues.

Now that he is back in Saurashtra again, Sheldon dreams of playing for India someday. "Till the time I hang up my boots, my target will always be to play for the country. If my target is to only play Ranji Trophy, I won't be motivated enough because I have nothing else to prove in Ranji Trophy. Now, we are the champions and I have had many feats which still stand in Indian domestic cricket, so if my motivation is to just play the Ranji Trophy, I won't have the hunger of getting better," Sheldon said.

"I know that even if I train for one or two months, I can sustain in the Ranji Trophy. But if I have the motivation to play for the country, I will have the hunger to get going. It will help me be physically better and improve myself as a cricketer," the seasoned campaigner said.

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