West Indies white-ball skipper Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday, April 20. Pollard played 224 matches for West Indies in international cricket from 2007-2022.
"As is the case of many young persons, it was a dream of mine to represent the West Indies team from the time I was a boy of 10 years and I'm proud to have represented West Indies cricket for over 15 years in both the T20I and ODI forms of the game,” Pollard wrote on Instagram.
Sunil Narine, speaking about his childhood friend's retirement, claimed that Pollard has much more to give to West Indian cricket. Narine and Pollard have both been associated with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and are the most successful franchise in the Caribbean Premier League, having won four times.
“It’s sad, I think he has much more to give to West Indies, but I think he himself has to know when it's time, and that’s what is important. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors and whatever tournament he is playing and I’m sure he will have lots of success. He still has a good fan base and I hope he enjoys it,” said Narine in a video posted by Trinbago Knight Riders on Instagram.
When asked how the reception will be back home, Narine stated that they enjoy seeing Pollard play in the Caribbean and that he believes Pollard will focus primarily on franchise cricket after his international retirement.
“They love to see him play in West Indies, but he knows best. I think he is going to focus more on T20 cricket around the world and I think he enjoys it a lot.”
Before concluding, Narine stated that Kieron Pollard's journey would not conclude here, and there would be much excitement in the future.
“There is a lot more cricket in Pollard. It’s not the end and I am definitely sure that there is more excitement to come,” Narine concluded.
(With India Today inputs)