Big Bash League 2011-12 December 16, 2011

Injured Pollard ruled out of Big Bash League

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kieron Pollard, the West Indies allrounder, has been ruled out of the inaugural edition of the Big Bash League due to a hamstring injury. Pollard, who was part of the Adelaide Strikers team, injured his right hamstring while fielding on Thursday and scans revealed a grade two strain. Alfonso Thomas is likely to take his place in the playing XI.

"Our plan was always to rotate the international players, and now with our additional signing, it means Alfonso Thomas is able to slot straight into the team," Darren Berry, the Strikers coach, said. "We are obviously disappointed to lose Polly and his firepower in our middle order, but we won last year's T20 competition (South Australia) and have proven we can win without him."

Pollard struck form with the bat recently, scoring his maiden international century, an innings that included 10 sixes, against India in Chennai. The South Africa offspinner Johan Botha is also part of the Strikers squad. "The arrival of Johan Botha from South Africa is great news for us, and we regard him as one of the finest T20 players in the world," Berry said. "The two international players [Botha and Thomas] we have already in the squad, along with the rest of our local stars who formed a large part of the winning team last year, will hold us in good stead."

The Strikers play their first game on December 18 against Melbourne Renegades.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • delboy on December 18, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    @NBRADEE I am a member of a cricket club here in the UK which was founded in 1955. It's founder members are predominantly from that principality, still a wandering side stuck in the past where any suggestion of change triggers a nose bleed. WI's wanted independence got it but ask them to show what progress they have made and all you get is sad stories about the legacy of colonialization. None of the grand plans have yet been implemented. The WI cricket team is still searching for a braile on which to etch its grand plan.

  • delboy on December 18, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    @kriketluva if only things were that simple with DECIDING to represent the WI. Gayle, Bravo, Pollard are the enemy of the WI board and head coach, because they have the ability (opportunity) to earn money independent of their handouts. They will find MANY reasons why a player cannot represent his country than try to accomodate them. If the worldcup was due to take place in that region the Gayle issue for example would have been resolved, but while everyone feather their nest they (the board) always seem to provoke a senior player as a diversion. It's now Sarwan's time to suffer. Kieron will be another potential great that has been made ordinary by WI mis-management.

  • RandyOZ on December 18, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Not that I care because I only support the Redbacks.

  • mngc1 on December 18, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    Pollard's team won last year partially because he batted at number 3. Hats off to the captain. Mumbai lost because they batted him too low in the order allowing him only 3 - 4 overs per innings.

    He plays proper cricket strokes most of the time but very powerfully. He is not just a slogger. The WICB selectors should see that he will make a good test and first class batsman but that is where insularity creeps in. He is from Trinidad. The president, CEO and present captain are all from St. Lucia.

  • kriketluva on December 17, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Pollard still has to prove he can bat for long periods on a consistent basis. He could well be a good test cricketer if he decides to play in the longer format. Till then I really don't see him doing anything much other than playing Twenty20 and admittedly trying to make as much money as he can as quickly as is possible. What is he doing batting so low down in the order given his talent?

  • veerakannadiga on December 17, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    stupid tournament............. austalian IPL

  • dummy4fb on December 16, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Not too much of a complimentary remark re the injured Pollard when the Strikers coach said " .....but we won last year's T20 and have proven we can win without him."

  • WICric101 on December 16, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    G-Wyll i agree as a WI fan i would love to see Polly in test matches.I have seen him in first class and he mixes caution with agression well. In 21 (34 innings) first class matches he has 3 hundreds & 5 fifties, not bad for a batsmen at no. 6 (avg 37.78) couple of wkts as well. Sadly he misses a lot of first class cricket due to lucrative 20/20 leagues.

  • NBRADEE on December 16, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    G-Wyll - if you like a micro-managing, petty, inconsiderate group of bosses, then you should sign up to work with the WICB, the only persons who can determine if Gayle will play Test cricket or not. That is, unless the ICC and Tim May can negotiate this impasse on behalf of the WICB and Gayle. I am not saddened by what is taking place now in the regional game - I am saddened at what has been going on for decades under post-colonial administrators of our game, the same type of cricket that you claim to admire. In time to come, all of the present players on the team will be in Gayle's boat - just you wait and see!!!

  • G-Wyll on December 16, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Kieron Pollard. The Windies most destructive talent in years, and yet he hasn't even played a test match. I doubt he ever will. And Chris Gayle has given up on what would have been an astounding test career by becoming a mercenary for the bucks. Good to hear he wanted to 'pose' at the beach before the Big Bash, awesome bro, bet Viv and Clive are impressed by your pecs. Wonder what Big Bird and Whispering Death would think? Come on West Indian cricket, you were the best and most coolest team ever! And there are still players who grind it out for the cause, such as the incredible Chanderpaul. 'Fire In Babylon' wasn't the best cricket film ever made because the subject matter decided to give up on the test team for money. Just astounding Pollard and Gayle aren't playing test cricket. Really sad, an absolute tragedy.

  • No featured comments at the moment.