Teams Played For
West Indies U19, Guyana Amazon Warriors, West Indies A, West Indies, Delhi Capitals, Montreal Tigers
There are players who get the limelight more for their action on the field rather than their performance and Keemo Paul is certainly one of them. He became infamous for pulling out a rather controversial form of dismissing a Zimbabwean batsman in the Under-19 World Cup of 2016. However, his prowess with the ball and skills to deceive batsmen with lack of pace and variations earned him a berth in the national team in less than two years’ time.
The infamous 'Mankading' incident was still at the back of the mind of Zimbabwe cricket fans when Keemo Paul took the field against Zimbabwe in the World Cup qualifier. Although the youngster did enjoy his time during the Under-19 tournament. He was part of the West Indies team that won their first under-19 World Cup. The teenaged all-rounder picked up 7 wickets and scored 166 runs, which included the winning hit as well.
Born in Guyana, Paul is an electrifying medium pacer and a quality low-order batter who is best-suited for the shortest format. As no one in the West Indies can use leg cutters and off cutters better than him. And the T20 specialist showcased his worth when Bangladesh toured the Caribbean Islands in 2018. Paul took a fifer against a full-strength Bangladesh team in the third T20 of the series gave him the reckoning among IPL franchises and the Delhi Capitals called for him in the IPL 2019 auction. He has auctioned off for his base price of Rs 50 lakh.
Paul fared decently with the ball in the IPL 2019 and scalped 9 wickets albeit at a higher economy of 8.72. Apart from IPL, the Guyana-born youngster has also provided his services in various other major T20 leagues such as Pakistan Super League, Big Bash League and own board’s very own Caribbean Premier League. The upcoming CPL2021 will be a good chance for Paul to showcase his prowess and then cement his place in the West Indies squad for the upcoming World T20. The pitches in the UAE will play as per their reputation of being slow and low where Paul’s cutters will come in very handy for him and his team.
(As of August 2021)