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Sprinter Yohan Blake wants Yorkshire cricket career

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Could we see Yohan Blake playing for the White Rose county? (©GettyImages)
Could we see Yohan Blake playing for the White Rose county? (©GettyImages).

Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Olympic Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake is a partnership that not many would predict, but the sprinter seems keen to switch to Cricket once his athletics career ends.

The 24-year-old is a great lover of cricket, and at home in Jamaica plays for Kingston Cricket Club when not competing at Athletics.

He regards himself as something of a fast bowler, bowling upwards of 85mph, and believes this is where his future lies.

The Jamaican has not got any immediate plans to retire from athletics but believes that by the age of 29 he could be playing professional cricket and Yorkshire could be the beneficiaries of this.

If Blake has a talent at cricket I am sure that this revelation will appeal to a whole host of clubs around the World.

If a club can bring together his popularity with a potential talent for cricket then they could land themselves a real money-spinning deal.

Yorkshire will be proud that Blake has highlighted them as the club he wants to join but if he proves to be as good as he says he is then Blake could find himself in a bidding war with a very lucrative deal at the end of it. He could be a very marketable commodity.

However, it is very early days and Blake needs to back-up his words with ability.

Hopefully this is not just a PR exercise from the Jamaican as he returns to Britain. Is it a coincidence that Blake is due to run in Britain, for the first time since the 2012 Olympic Games, this weekend when he competes in the Great City Games?

There are a lot of comparisons with fellow countryman Usain Bolt who has also boasted about his abilities at another sport. Bolt has previously said that he has the skills to play professional football and believes that one day he could play for Manchester United.

If Blake does become a professional cricketer then he could add some real global exposure to the game of cricket which can only be a good thing. Let's see what happens as only time will tell how this saga develops.

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