Chesterfield CC have signed Canadian batsman Nitish Kumar as overseas player for the forthcoming 2015 season, which starts with a trip to national champions Sandiacre Town on Saturday.
The 20-year-old will make his debut at Queen’s Park against a Sandiacre side who won the Royal London ECB National Knockout Championship last summer in dramatic fashion over Sunbury.
Kumar won the 2013 Walter Lawrence Schools Award for the highest score by a pupil with a scintillating unbeaten 154 for Repton School from just 102 balls against MCC, including 22 fours.
He became the youngest player to debut for his country in a first class match when he made his international bow for Canada in an ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture against Kenya in 2009. He made his one day international introduction in 2010, at the age of 15 years and 273 days.
Now an established performer on the international stage, Kumar, has represented his country 19 times and, after recent visits to Abu Dhabi, Namabia, Barbados and Sri Lanka he will be back in the Caribbean this summer for trials for one of the franchises in the Caribbean Big Bash.
Kumar hit an impressive 119 off 122 balls, including 19 fours, for Loughborough MCCU against Kent at the Spitfire Ground in Canterbury this week and Chesterfield will be hoping he continues his fine form in to Saturday, as the Derbyshire Premier season gets under way.