Tom Kohler-Cadmore will leave Yorkshire’s pre-season tour a couple of days early having been signed by Quetta Gladiators for finals week in the Pakistan Super League.
Kohler-Cadmore, 23, is flying from Johannesburg to Lahore tomorrow night to help Quetta fill the void left by Kevin Pietersen, Jason Roy and Shane Watson, who have all opted against travelling to Pakistan.
It will be TKC’s first taste of foreign franchise T20 cricket, although he did play in the inaugural T10 League in the UAE in December. He will again link up with former Yorkshire overseas and current Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
“It’s really exciting for me to be able to go to another franchise to learn from some of their players, and also it’s going to be a good experience to go and play in the sub-continent,” he said.
“It’s nice to be put into the same dressing room as some of the players I’ll be playing with.
“Sarfaraz messaged me and said they’re looking for a replacement and would I be available.
“Luckily for me, Yorkshire have allowed me to go. It works well that we have a week’s window where we don’t have much cricket.
“Hopefully I’ll get out there and will be able to help them into the final. It would be quite nice to get a bit of silverware this early on in the season.
“It’s just making my pre-season even better. Having some good competitive cricket is only going to help me going into the season, and I’ll be able to practice another format because out here we’ve done quite a lot of red ball and 50-over stuff.
“It’s something I want to do, play abroad and get into these franchises to be able to improve my skills. Hopefully it can then reflect in my performances for Yorkshire and help me push onto a higher level.
“I’m really lucky to be in the position where these teams are interested.”