Pollard’s attitude hurting team

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates – Legendary Pakistan fast bowler, Waqar Younis, believes Kieron Pollard is hurting West Indies team morale with his lackadaisical approach and should be axed for tomorrow’s final One-Day International against Pakistan.

Speaking in his role as a television analyst following the second ODI on Sunday, Waqar said the big-hitting all-rounder “did not even try” as the Caribbean side slid to a 59-run defeat in pursuit of an imposing 338 for victory at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Pollard entered in the 38th over with West Indies on 194 for four and facing a required run rate of nearly 12 an over but displayed little aggressive intent.

“His approach and the way he played in this game and in any of the T20 games, you’re destroying the morale of the team,” said Waqar, the second highest wicket-taker in Pakistan Test history with 373 scalps from 87 games.

“The way he batted – he went in with 11 and over or about 12 an over required and he is known for this sort of situation. And he just went in and he hit one boundary and batted the entire time and not going anywhere.

“He wasn’t there, he was not in the middle so I feel he needs a break. Whoever you want to bring in, Pollard needs a break. That’s how I feel.”

Pollard has been a peripheral figure in what has been a wretched series, as West Indies have lost all five of their games against Pakistan, spanning the three-match Twenty20 series and the ongoing ODI series.

The right-hander managed nine from 17 balls in the first T20 which the Windies lost by eight wickets, scored 18 from 13 deliveries in the side’s 16-run defeat in the second game and got 16 from 12 balls in the last game which ended in an eight-wicket loss.

So far in the two ODIs, Pollard has scored nine and 22 – the latter innings on Sunday requiring 29 balls and ending with him holing out in the deep in the penultimate over with the game already gone.

Great former West Indies batsman and captain Sir Vivian Richards, also a television analyst for the series, agreed changes were necessary for the final ODI, with Pollard perhaps sitting out and left-hander Jonathan Carter coming in.

He also argued for Gabriel to play alongside 19-year-old speedster Alzarri Joseph, who made his debut on Sunday.

“I think that if Shannon is fit for the next match why not play the two individuals (Gabriel and Joseph). It’s a good suggestion in terms of Pollard, [he] didn’t really show up tonight (Sunday),” Sir Viv said.

“… but those particular two in that sense in the fast bowling department, it would be nice to see Shannon Gabriel back [alongside] Alzarri Joseph.”

Source: (CMC)

9 Responses to Pollard’s attitude hurting team

  1. Diana Cummins
    Diana Cummins October 4, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Guess there are sending a message to the WICB.

    • harry turnover October 5, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      No maam you have everything wrong !! Pollard is trying to embarrass Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite the two BAJAN captains in the T20 and ODI set ups…..the SAME way certain players like Gayle and Dwayne Bravo did to Darren Sammy after he was made captain.
      In other words Pollard feels he should have been made captain in BOTH formats and the reason PHIL Simmons was RIGHTFULLY FIRED was because it was said he made that comment WITH THE SQUAD PRESENT.
      So don’ let Dwayne Bravo and the same Pollard fool you with their comments and antics about the Board and Simmons,the bottom line is that they don’t want Holder nor Brathwaite to lead them….and those are COLD HARD FACTS.

  2. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce October 4, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    No man is bigger than the game but u kno wat he prob brought it with him from d CPL

    • harry turnover October 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Well said Horace Boyce ! you are a person who FOLLOWS WI cricket.
      When I mentioned that Pollard was doing the SAME thing in the Tridents team a clown on this blog said I was a fool for suggesting such.
      I wonder what he has to say now apart from running up and down barking on this and that topic not knowing what is really going on.

  3. Puppa Weekes October 4, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Mr Pollard is a six hitter,so 22 runs from 29 balls with one four and no sixes is telling me clearly that Mr Pollard is trying desperately to appear that he is trying. This is not the first game that I have noticed this apparent under performing by Mr Pollard. What would be the point to be tapping around the ball at that stage, my only conclusion is to ensure that the game is further out of reach. Mr Pollard must remember that at some point he will be a captain and the shoe will be on the other foot, CPL etc and he will be sitting in the players area a la Brathwaithe and Holder thinking that the person or persons batting msy not be trying 100% more like 35%

  4. Phil October 5, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Simple … If de head bad, then what exactly do you expect from the body.?????

    • harry turnover October 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Clearly you would have to mean POLLARD head cause the Board NOR the selectors have any control over how the players PERFORM or PLAY ACT……but the Board and selectors heads would have to be bad if they ever pick Pollard again.

  5. Alex Alleyne October 6, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Few members of the “Rude-boy-possy” still in WI team. Until they are all gone there will always be problems. Coach Simmons even brought back one (RAMDIN).

    • harry turnover October 7, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Tell them Alex….and.WI cricket will begin its UPWARD trek when ALL ah dem gone.


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