Pollard named Bloem City Blazers captain

Kieron Pollard plays a pull shot Ashley Allen - CPL T20 / Getty

Kieron Pollard will captain Bloem City Blazers in South Africa's T20 Global League, which begins next month. The allrounder, 30, has vast experience of T20 competitions around the world and will work alongside head coach and fellow West Indian Phil Simmons.

"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."

Pollard has captained Mumbai Indians in the IPL and recently led Barbados Tridents in the 2017 Caribbean Premier League. He was a member of West Indies' 2012 World T20-winning side and has played 387 games in the format, scoring 7578 runs and taking 241 wickets.

"I'm honoured to be leading this immensely talented group of players," he said. "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.

"We want to start with real momentum and the fans being behind us from the outset is important. We've got world-class talent that covers every base in the Bloem City Blazers squad, the ingredients are all there to make the T20 Global League a successful tournament for us.

"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."

Pollard was the first overseas player picked in the T20 Global League draft in August. He will be joined in the Bloemfontein squad by countrymen Dwayne Smith and Rayad Emrit, England's Chris Jordan and David Miller, the team's local marquee player.