Kevon Keston Cooper (born 2 February 1989) is a cricketer from Trinidad and Tobago. He plays for Trinidad and Tobago as well as for the Barisal Bulls in the Bangladesh Premier League. He was also signed up to play in the Indian Premier League by Rajasthan Royals during the 2012 auction.
|Full name||Kevon Keston Cooper|
2 February 1989 |
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
|Relations||Kevin Molino (brother)|
|Domestic team information|
|2008–present||Trindad and Tobago (squad no. 20)|
|FC debut||9 March 2012 Trindad and Tobago v Jamaica|
|LA debut||20 October 2011 Trindad and Tobago v Combined Campuses and Colleges|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 14 February 2018
Cooper comes from a footballing family. One of his brothers, Kevin Molino, plays for Minnesota United in Major League Soccer. He grew up playing football as well but was persuaded by his father, a cricket fan, to switch his allegiance. When Cooper was picked for the T&T Under-19 squad, he left football behind.
In January 2011, cricket officials raised concerns over Cooper's bowling action, and he went to the University of Western Australia to undergo tests and undertake remedial work to correct the fault in his bowling action. In August 2011, Cooper was cleared to play.
He returned and participated in the Champions League in 2011. Mixing speeds with his medium pacers to good effect, he took five wickets in six games while conceding just 5.29 runs an over. Coming in at No. 7, he posted a strike rate of 191.17 at an average of 21.66. It was these attributes that drew the attention of the Royals, who bought him for $50,000 in the IPL player auction.
During Rajasthan Royals' first game against Kings XI Punjab, he hit his first ball for a six and followed it up with a four. With the ball in hand, he claimed 4 wickets. Against Kolkata Knight Riders, he took 3 more wickets.
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- "Kevin Molino". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
- Seepersad, Roger (19 August 2011). "T & T bowlers cleared". Trinidad and Tobago Express. Retrieved 15 February 2012.