BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - WEST INDIES and Trinidad and Tobago white ball Captain, Keiron Pollard has called it quits from the West Indies colours and international cricket.
He made the announcement today (Apr. 20) via social media, indicating that the decision was made after careful deliberation: “I have today decided to retire from international cricket”.
The hard hitting right handed alrounder came in for criticism from some corners of the region after the West Indies’ disastrous performance at last year’s T20 World Cup, while entering as the defending champions.
However, he has been seen as the one to lead the regional side to glory by maintaining discipline and consistency from all players.
In a statement published on social media, Pollard wrote that as is the case for many young persons, “it was a dream of mine to represent the West Indies from the time I was a boy of 10 years”.
Her has been part of the West Indies setup for the last 15 years in the limited overs format (ODIs and T20s).
“I can still vividly remember making my international debut in 2007 under the leadership of my childhood hero, Brain Lara. Wearing those maroon colours and playing alongside such greats has been a privilege that I never took lightly, giving my heart and soul in every facet of the game,” he stated.
Pollard was given the captaincy in 2019 and reaped success on his debut. As he notes, he led from the front with “passion, openness, courage and everything I could ever possibly give both on and off the field without ever compromising my principles and integrity”.
He thanked the selectors, coach Phil Simmonds and CWI’s President Ricky Skerritt for their unwavering support.