Sprinter Yohan Blake eyes Yorkshire switch

AFP| Last Updated: May 16, 2014, 21:34 PM IST

London: Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake revealed on Friday that he would like to play for English county cricket team Yorkshire when he ends his athletics career.

"I`m OK, you know. I can make the England team," the 24-year-old double Olympic silver medallist joked on BBC Radio 5 Live. "I`m good in the outfield, so they would probably pick me for that as well."

Asked if he was serious about swapping the track for the crease, he added: "Yes, definitely. I`ve been wanting to play for Yorkshire or in England so, after running, definitely I`ll put my mind to that."

He went on to claim that talks had already taken place, saying: "We have some talks with some of the people (at Yorkshire) and we are looking forward for it."

Asked when he foresaw himself joining Yorkshire, he said: "Well, probably like when I`m 29 I`ll come off the track and field."

Yorkshire welcomed Blake`s interest, tweeting via their official account: "Hey @YohanBlake you`re always welcome to come and play for Yorkshire. Let`s get this sorted and come and have a net with us."

Blake was a keen cricketer as a youth and reportedly only turned to sprinting after one of his teachers noticed how quickly he ran when he came in to bowl.

He is now the second-fastest man of all time over both 100 and 200 metres and won two silver medals and a gold in the 4x100m relay during the 2012 London Olympics.