West Indies are set to play three T20Is and three ODIs against India with their new limited-overs captain in Kieron Pollard. He has stated that captaincy was thrust upon him and now he doesn’t want to shy away from the challenge.
Kieron Pollard did not have a strong relation with the West Indies Cricket Board, but was made captain of the ODI and T20I format after they decided to replace Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite as captains in white ball cricket.
Now that Pollard has been given the job, he wants to do it with the right attitude and not shy away. He knows his role is of sharing his experience with the youngsters in the team and give his best as a player as well.
He told ESPNCricInfo, “It (captaincy) was something that was sprung upon me. I was playing international cricket for a long period of time. I missed out 3 or 4 years. It is no secret what transpired in terms of my relationship with the board and whatever.”
“Again, you know for me it is a simple thing. I can share experience in the dressing room. There are a lot of young guys in the dressing room. And they need the experienced guys also to guide them along so. You know, that's basically my job. In terms of trying to guide them and set them in the right direction,” he added.
Like most of the young cricketers dream of playing for their country, Pollard had dreamt of playing cricket for West Indies but had never thought of captaining the side. The thought of captaining the international side would have been even farther away given the relations West Indies cricket board shares with its players.
“Somethings you don't dream of. Like you dream of playing for the West Indies but you don't dream of captaining West Indies. But something falls into your lap and again it's a challenge and I don't want to shy away from challenges,” the 32-year-old said.
West Indies tour of India will commence on 6 December with the first T20I at Hyderabad.
(Inputs from ESPNCricInfo)