Kieron Pollard is all set to continue as the captain of the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the upcoming edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 which will be held across two venues in Trinidad and Tobago from August 18 to September 10, 2020.
It will be the second consecutive year that the big-hitting all-rounder Pollard will lead the TKR in the CPL after having taken the reins from the regular captain Dwayne Bravo last year after the latter struck on the hand during a net session on the eve of the tournament last year.
With Pollard remains in the charge, Bravo, who led the TKR to back-to-back CPL titles in 2017 and 2018, has been named the vice-captain for the CPL 2020.
The owners of the TKR and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Red Chillies Entertainment Venky Mysore has confirmed the same on Friday (July 31).
Mysore said: “We are happy that Kieron who is the West Indies captain is our leader at TKR. The champion DJ Bravo has been coming to me year after year and asking me to give someone else the captaincy because he wants to just concentrate on playing and enjoying the game. I always told him not until I am ready and that time has come and he is very happy to play under Pollard.
He added, “They are great friends and they will both come together to give us the best chance at the CPL 2020. Bravo said he has played under Pollard before and this will be the best thing at this time for all parties. Pollard was kind enough to accept the position to lead the team at the tournament. He said if we wanted him to do it he will and we said that we will be delighted to have him as captain again.”
Meanwhile, the TKR Manager Colin Borde said: “Having Kieron Pollard as captain is wonderful for us. He has played 501 T20 games, is the captain of West Indies in white-ball cricket, has won two World Cups, two Champion Leagues, Cpl, and just about every tournament on the planet. His vast experience can only work well for TKR. With Dwayne Bravo now as vice-captain to assist, we could not have asked for a better duo to lead this team in 2020. Both are global superstars with very successful careers.”
Borde signed off by saying, “The friendship and mutual respect that they both have as teammates and from teammates will be very important when they team up to strategize. Both Bravo and Pollard have captained each other at the local and international levels and so are very comfortable working together and sharing information. Both are extremely accomodating in their approach to leadership.”
Noteworthy, the TKR will go into the camp from August 3 to 8 while the training will commence from August 11 to 15 with the CPL 2020 gets off with Guyana Amazon Warriors taking on the Pollard’s at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on August 18.
(With Cricbuzz Inputs)