‘I have a family to feed’- Pollard
Windies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has pointed to consistent uncertainty regarding his status as an international cricketer as playing a crucial role in his reluctance to pass up opportunities to play in lucrative T20 leagues around the world.
Pollard was one of four prominent regional players to decline an invitational to join the regional squad ahead of a last-ditch effort to qualify for the World Cup at the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March. Joining Pollard were fellow T20 specialists Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, along with Darren Bravo.
The players reportedly stated a preference to take part in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The decision sent shockwaves around the region, with some accusing the players of being mercenaries and others empathising with the stance.
“I have a family to take care of at the end of the day so it is what it is … God has given me a talent to play cricket. If I only have to play T20 then so be it,” Pollard told UK publication The Telegraph.
“I have offered my services on numerous occasions and been available on numerous occasions and not been selected,” he added.
Pollard last represented the regional team during a limited over series against Pakistan in 2016. The big hitter was dropped from the team after selectors claimed he was not ‘commitment to batting’.
“I never understood. I don’t understand what that means,” he added. “You sign a contract because you’re not sure about your international future – and then you’re a mercenary,” he laments.
“People say all sorts about you and they never understand what the situation really is – it’s really disappointing.” (Sportsmax)