Caribbean Premier League 2013 July 24, 2013

Protests over Pollard leading Barbados

ESPNcricinfo staff

There have been incidents of protests in Barbados over Trinidadian Kieron Pollard's appointment as captain of the Barbados team for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League. Apart from a "street protest" on Tuesday, as reported by the Nation News, former member of parliament Hamilton Lashley has spoken out on the issue.

The protests centre around Pollard captaining the team ahead of Barbadians like Dwayne Smith and Kirk Edwards. According to the Nation News designer Wayne Cadogan, who led the street protest, said: "I am no Pollard or Smith fan, but I am looking at the principle of the matter."

Lashley, formerly the minister of social transformation, had earlier said: "I have a great difficulty with a Trinidadian captaining the Barbados franchise in the upcoming CPL. They have retained the name Barbados, so I believe a Barbadian like Smith or Edwards should be captain. I feel it is fundamentally and psychologically wrong. It affects the psyche of some Barbadians."

Barbados Tridents are one of two teams, from among six, to have captains from another country. The other is Antigua Hawksbills, who will be led by Jamaican Marlon Samuels.

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  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    i'm not really in agreement with the protest but this favoring of Pollard continues and i can't see why. He was favoured as Captain in the WI over Sammy or even Gayle in Bravos absence, Bravo continued to use him a death bowler despite costing the team runs galore, he did nothing with the bat but was still picked and only dropped when it was way too late. Imhave nothing against the man, but i have issues with him getting so many chances at the expense of much better players around, so i kinds understand the protest. Maybe if i was in their shoes i would protest too.

  • sachit on July 31, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    @Sundaresh R Iyer - well to be fair, the CPL is more like nations playing each other. I'm sure you would be a bit miffed if India was captained by Misbah ul Haq or Angelo Matthews in some competition.

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    At first I hated the idea of CPL will never work...we are individual nations and all trini players were displaced (bias ofcourse) bds upset of polly being a barbadian understandable...but seeing the first match, tino and polly...gosh it was hilarious...I am now personally endorsing CPL its really a great way to unite the caribbean...coming from small countries its hard to see a big picture...but I seeing it clear now....pick a side and run with it...I personally even though from trinidad will be backing either guyana amazons or bds tridents...and last red steel...but then again it may all change who knows...and that's the beauty about it...the CPL management will always have

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    I don't see a point in this protest. Please remember that Chennai super kings wouldn't have become a great team, if there was no Dhoni. As a matter of fact, Dhoni is not a chennaite. Likewise, Royal challengers Bangalore, Virat is not from Bangalore either.

    There are other things to fight for guys. common!

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    Pollard was their #1 pick in the draft. Whats the debate about him being skipper?

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Sillies stick with good cricket politicians you should know you have got a brilliant player and you're cribbing about it

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    It's a franchise system, which is new to West Indian cricket fans, and, like anything new, it takes some getting-used-to. And what we have to accept, after all is said and done, is that, in this welcome format, a captain will be chosen on leadership skills as opposed to nationality. So let's all relax, get used to a great new system for West Indian cricket, and enjoy cricket, lovely cricket! As for me personally, I crave to be back home to be in the midst of it all!!

  • Mil on July 30, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Where was the Barbadian outrage when Garry Sobers captained Nottingham and South Australia? Glad that I never pay attention to what politicians say or think.

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    I assure you that if Austalian Ricky Ponting or English player was to captain the Trident there would be very little said. The Barbadian public really have to grow-up and get with the programme. The truth is that the money is in the pay-per-view and sponsors so if they all stayed away from the games like little spoilt brats it only hurts them. If this legue grows there will be opportunity for each person every year and that is what must be envisaged. Would they not eat flying fish because it was caught off Tobago???