Pollard pulls out of T20 series

West Indies will not have Twenty20 specialist Kieron Pollard available for the three-match T20 International series against New Zealand starting on Friday.

Pollard has withdrawn from the squad due to personal reasons and has been replaced by 20-year-old left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer.

The 30-year-old all-rounder plies his trade in lucrative T20 leagues around the world and was initially set to play in the three-match T20 series against New Zealand which starts at Nelson’s Saxton Oval on Friday.

He was not part of the West Indies squad that suffered a 3-0 One-Day International series defeat to the Black Caps this month.

His replacement Hetmyer made his ODI debut last week and is an exciting top order prospect for the Caribbean side.

Pollard, who has played in 101 ODIs and 56 international T20 matches, is one of two late changes the Windies have made due to injury and unavailability.

Left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cotterell replaces Ronsford Beaton, who is heading home because of a side strain.

Speedster Beaton, who also made his debut in the ODI series, had a cloud over his career after he was reported to the ICC for a suspected illegal bowling action last week.

The Windies are reigning T20 world champions and their 14-man squad facing the Black Caps includes powerful opener Chris Gayle.

All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite leads the side which also mises champion off-spinner Sunil Narine and match-winning right-hander Marlon Samuels.

The final two T20 matches of the series both take place at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval next Monday and Wednesday.

West Indies are winless on tour after suffering a 2-0 clean sweep in the Test series and a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series.

SQUAD – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Sheldon Cotterell, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams. 

Source: (NZ Stuff)

3 Responses to Pollard pulls out of T20 series

  1. orlando December 28, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    did someone in his family died or is someone sick . just checking before i make a negative comment . because he is not one of my fav. cricketers. even with bad management it should be an honour to represent your country. rich or not . pompous or not .

  2. harry turnover January 2, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Pollard averages 20 representing the West Indies and doesn’t want it to drop below.The biggest and the most well known FAILURE for the West Indies for the amount of T20 matches played.
    For years he has been picked because of his STRIKE RATE and not for scoring runs.
    He has a SR of 132 and is good ONLY for 15 balls and 20 runs….lord have mercy !! a waste from the top floor.

  3. harry turnover January 2, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Good riddance. He should not even be called up again .He should have joined the ranks of Ramdin,Simmons and Darren Bravo for their DELIBERATE actions in previous matches.
    Furthermore the selectors DROPPED Chanderpaul for LOW SCORES and continue to pick one with low scores and a ridiculous average.


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