West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard today announced his retirement from international cricket though he will continue to freelance in private T20 and T10 leagues across the globe. Summing up Pollard’s international career in a nutshell, he may be seen as a perennial underachiever in the maroon jersey.
“After careful deliberation, I’ve today decided to retire from international cricket,” Pollard wrote on Instagram. “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.”I can still vividly remember making my international debut in 2007 under the leadership of my childhood hero, Brian 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 — whether bowling, batting or fielding.”
Pollard went on to call captaining West Indies “the highest honour bestowed” on him and that he led with “passion, openness, courage, and everything I could ever possibly give both on and off the field without ever compromising my principles and integrity.”
The 34-year-old Pollard, who made his ODI debut back in 2007, fittingly played his last series against India, a country that has become his second home due to his long association with Mumbai Indians.
Kieron Pollard, born on 12 May 1987, is a Trinidadian cricketer. He captained the West Indies cricket team in limited-overs cricket and Trinbago Knight Riders in CPL. He is a right-arm medium-fast bowling all-rounder. After shining during the 2009 Champions League, he was signed by both the Southern Redbacks and Somerset for their domestic Twenty20 campaigns. He was the joint highest-paid player in the 2010 Indian Premier League, playing for Mumbai Indians.
In September 2019, Pollard was named the captain of the West Indies One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) teams. In March 2020, Pollard became the first cricketer to play in 500 Twenty20 matches. While his game is suited for limited-overs variety in which he has enjoyed a long international career, he has never played Test Cricket.
In a match against Sri Lanka in March 2021, he hit six sixes in one over bowled by Akila Dananjaya and became the third batsman to do so in international cricket after Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh.
In February 2022, in the second match against India, Pollard became the first cricketer for the West Indies to play in 100 T20I matches.
On 20 April 2022, Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket.