The West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard has made it clear that he is not thinking about retiring as an international cricketer yet. According to Pollard, unless and until a decision is made to remove him from the team or sack him as a captain, he doesn’t intend to leave international cricket on his own at this point of time.
West Indies cricket team had come into T20 World Cup 2021 as one of the favorites, but they didn’t live up to the expectations on the ground at all and have lost 3 out of their 4 games so far. Even the one game that West Indies won against Bangladesh, it was an extremely close game.
Most of the West Indies players in the current squad have already won T20 World Cups in the past, and this was supposed to be their last dance in West Indies colors. Pollard’s close mate and the former captain of West Indies, Dwayne Bravo, has already announced his international retirement after this T20 World Cup and a few others might follow suit as well.
Kieron Pollard is relatively younger than some of the other West Indies veterans
Kieron Pollard, who is also over 30, but relatively younger as compared to somebody like Bravo or Chris Gayle, has confirmed that he wants to continue representing the men in maroon at the international level.
“Unless you are part of the decision that is going to get rid of me or fire me or retire me, as I stand right now, I have no intentions of not playing international cricket,” Pollard said in the post-match press conference after the defeat against Sri Lanka.
Under Pollard’s captaincy, West Indies has actually performed decently in both ODI and T20I cricket, but it’s in the World Cup that they faltered big time and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) might want to look forward now with a young captain Nicholas Pooran who is Pollard’s deputy at the moment.
The future of the West Indies T20 international team doesn’t look bleak at all. They might not have had a great T20 World Cup this time around, but they have got the services of some very exciting young talents who can serve the national side for years to come.