Global T20 League: Kieron Pollard Named Bloem City Blazers Captain
Windies star all-rounder Kieron Pollard is appointed as the captain of the Bloem City Blazers for the upcoming inaugural edition of the Global T20 League. The news was confirmed by the team’s head coach Phil Simmons on Thursday (October 5).
“Polly is a World Cup-winning player and has won numerous T20 domestic titles across the globe; his leadership is a vital asset to the Bloem City Blazers,” Simmons said.
“He brings with him a deep understanding of the game and the energy and passion to inspire the squad in our first attempt at T20 Global League success,” added the former West Indies coach.
One of the most sought-after and experienced T20 players in the world, Pollard has won World T20 title twice in addition to playing heavily for franchises across the globe. He is an integral part of the Mumbai Indians team, having helped them win the IPL title thrice and is currently the skipper of Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.
Delighted to be appointed as the captain, the all-rounder said he is hopeful of giving the fans a ’cause to cheer’.
“I’m honoured to be leading this immensely talented group of players,” Pollard said after the announcement. “Every year I come back to South Africa, and I am made to feel incredibly welcome. The T20 Global League is a new and exciting competition and looking at the squad we’ve put together I’m confident our brand of cricket will light up Bloemfontein and give the fans cause to cheer.
Pollard further said his teammates are more or less familiar with his captaincy which will make his task easy. The team consists the likes of David Miller, Chris Jordan, Dwayne Smith and Ryan ten Doeschate.
“I’ve either played with or against most of the guys so they’ll be familiar with how I lead a group. If we perform our roles and show the fighting spirit from the outset, we will be formidable opponents. I can’t wait for the first game.”
Blazers will kick-start their campaign with a home game against Cape Town Knight Riders on November 5.
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