Sam Wisniewski believes the pressure will be off him during his forthcoming spell of T10 cricket in Abu Dhabi.
Yorkshire’s fledgling wrist spinner has been signed up to play for the Pune Devils in the all-action competition, which starts at the end of this month.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore will be joining the same team, while Adam Lyth is also playing for the Delhi Bulls – both having played in the event previously.
Eight teams will compete between January 28 and February 6, with 19-year-old left-armer Wisniewski likely to come up against the likes of Chris Gayle, Alex Hales, Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran to name just a few stars.
Wisniewski’s deal comes on the back of two appearances for the White Rose first team in the Vitality Blast at the end of last summer.
Contracted as an Academy player at Emerald Headingley, he said: “If you’d have said this time last year that in the next 12 months you will play for Yorkshire’s first team and get picked up to play in the T10 League, I wouldn’t have believed you.
“I first heard about the possibility through my agent towards the end of October.
“I’ve watched a bit of T10 through highlights and stuff like that, and it looks pretty exciting. I can’t wait to get going.
“There won’t be a lot of expectation on me as a 19-year-old kid coming up against plenty of really good players. But that’s a win-win for me.
“I go out on January 21 and have to isolate for three days. Then there will be a couple of training sessions before the first game.
“It’s obviously helpful to have Tom there. He played in it last year, so that will be good to pick his brains. And also going into a new environment, it’s always useful to have someone there who you know. It will help me feel more comfortable.”