Caribbean Premier League 2013 July 30, 2013

Sobers, Haynes back Pollard as Barbados captain

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Desmond Haynes and Garry Sobers have come out in support of Kieron Pollard being handed the captaincy of the Barbados Caribbean Premier League franchise. There had been some protest in the lead-up to the league, which begins in Bridgetown tonight, about Trinidadian Pollard being captain of the Barbados Tridents.

"We are happy to have someone like Pollard as our captain because he is a winner and you can see the results that he has brought to the Mumbai Indians along with Dwayne Smith," Haynes, who is head coach of the Barbados Tridents, said. "I believe that he is going to help us a lot in this tournament and all I am hoping for at this time is to ask the Barbadian public to come out and support us."

Sobers believed the system of franchises would help strengthen bonds among the West Indies people: "If you have a Trinidadian playing in Barbados, [that's okay]. You can have Trinidadians playing for Barbados, you can have Jamaicans playing for Barbados, you can have Barbadians playing for Jamaica because there are no rules or limit on how much time they have to spend in an island before they play."

Sobers also said he did not see what the "fuss" was about. "If Pollard is playing for Barbados and he is the captain, I don't see anything wrong with it," Sobers said. "If it was like the inter-territorial games [in the past] and he was playing for Barbados, well then he became a Barbadian because he was playing for Barbados and that is a similar thing that is happening right now. I don't see the big argument about it and all the fuss that is being made."

Pollard's Barbados Tridents team-mate Carlos Brathwaite also had good words for Pollard. "I'm looking forward to playing under his captaincy," Brathwaite said. "I played with him a couple times in Trinidad for Queen's Park and I always enjoyed his company. He was always very encouraging."

The Barbados Tridents will host the St Lucia Zouks in the tournament opener. They are one of two franchises, from among six, to have captains from another country. The other is the Antigua Hawksbills, who will be led by Jamaican Marlon Samuels.

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  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Even though the team is called the Barbados Tridents it is NOT supposed to be seen as a team representing Barbados. The use of Barbados in the team's title appears to be just an acknowledgement of the fact that the team is based in Barbados and is using Kensington Oval as its home base. I don't hear the Barbadians complaining about the fact that their native son, Dwayne Smith is playing for the St. Lucia Zouks. As a Trinidadian, myself and others are not upset about our premier spinner Sunil Narine playing for the Guyana Amazons Warriors. What if a "foreign"player., a Pakistani for e.g., had been appointed as captain ? Can you imagine the outcry ? I think that people have completely misunderstood the concept of these teams and their insularity is bristling as well. Maybe next year the team "owners" and organizers should consider dropping the country name as part of the teams title.

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    There is sensitivity for the simple reason that the CBL is the only T-20 league in the world where each franchise represents an independent nation, not a county, state or city as in other leagues. palavadisuresh, Ponting captaining Mumbai Indians is fine. Imagine the outcry if he were captaining INDIA?! Please remember, the independent Caribbean nations come together only to form the West Indies cricket team, in all other sporting events (Commonwealth Games, Olympics, world cup football, etc.) they compete as separate nations.

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    A Trinidadian Pollard leading a Bajan franchise team is perfectly fine. Bajans need to understand that this Premier T20 League is a business and stop taking it to a personal level. This isn't the usual regional Caribbean T20 cricket. Private firms have invested millions of dollars into the competition and they have all rights to appoint the most suitable player as the captain. Would you invest millions into a business and put Kirk Edwards as the manager because he's Bajan. Who name Kirk Edwards? IPL teams are captained by Indians and foreign players and no one makes a fuss.

    Pollard is an experience T20 specialist with years of experience in the Indian Premier League. Dwayne Smith is a good player also, but why not let him focus on his batting solely?

    Why must anyone be so ungrateful? If the CPL removes all the games from Bridgetown, we'll hear another cry!

  • S.M. on July 30, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Nothing wrong with Pollard's captaincy. He is a good all-rounder. He has player like Shakib, Smith, Bishoo. Hopefully Barbados will win the tournament.

  • suresh kumar on July 30, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    ricky was captaining MI, dhoni has been csk since 2008, nothing wrong windians enjoy