West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has criticised and challenged West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after he was dropped from the squad for the ODI tri- series in Zimbabwe which will also feature Sri Lanka. Pollard clarified that he has no interest to reclaim his place in national squad. He wants to focus his own interest.
Pollard has described the decision of axing him as “funny”. “A lot of people tend to say Pollard and many of us are mercenaries and have given nothing to West Indies cricket. While it’s clear I don’t have the stats or the figures of a Brian Lara, nobody, as some were trying to suggest, can ever question my commitment or integrity while playing. Why would I wake up one morning and just decide I wouldn’t want to try? Scoring runs is how I survive,” Pollard said.
The 29-year old all-rounder said that he was confused by the talks he had with West Indies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne during the series against Pakistan.
According to Pollard, Courtney Browne was not given a proper answer as to why Browne suddenly changed his opinion about him after earlier assuring him a major spot in the scheme of things for West Indies cricket going forward.
“When chairman of selectors Courtney Browne notified me via email of my axing, I reminded him of why my exclusion was funny because, during the Twenty20 and one-day series, the two of us had a long conversation, speaking about wanting to have guys such as myself around going forward in West Indies cricket,” Pollard told.
“He said, I wasn’t ‘committed to batting’ during the tour, which I pressed him to clarify further because it was a broad statement. I asked specifically if this commitment he interpreted I wasn’t giving also related to my bowling, fielding, and advice to captain Jason Holder. And he said no, and stressed it was just batting and, in his view, I was not trying,” he added.
While Browne defended the decision claiming that Pollard’s performances as a senior player were not up to standard, Pollard feels the WICB is simply continuing to take revenge for the team’s decision to pull out midway during the tour to India in 2014.