Nepal’s Everest Premier League franchise, Chitwan Tigers have landed a coup of sorts as they sign up England’s Vitality Blast franchise and county club, Middlesex’s pair of Max Holden and James Fuller for the 3rd edition of the T20 league.
20-year old Max Holden, former England U19 World Cup captain, signed a long-term deal with Middlesex after a successful loan stint with Northamptonshire in 2017 and has represented the team in 2018 Vitality Blast with a highest score of 84 against Somerset at Lord’s on 19th Jul 2018. Holden has played 20 First-class and 5 List-A matches as well in his young career.
28-year old James Fuller, a seasoned First-class and List-A player in English county circuit, played for five seasons for Gloucestershire before making his switch to Middlesex. Fuller also represented New Zealand U19 in his early career and has played for NZ’s domestic team, Otago. In 76 T20 matches in his career so far, Fuller has taken 94 runs with his best figures of 6/28 against Hampshire this year.
The pair’s signing continues the trend of high-profile signing for the 2018 edition of Everest Premier League, with players from Ireland, UAE, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe (still pending confirmation) already signing up to play in the T20 league in Nepal. Presence of such International players will definitely provide a big boost to domestic players in Nepal to learn from and gain more experience and exposure to bolster their chances to feature in overseas leagues in the future.