Champions League 2010 June 25, 2010

South Australia lose Pollard for Champions League

Cricinfo staff

South Australia are resigned to being without the powerful allrounder Kieron Pollard for the Champions League in South Africa in September and are still waiting to learn whether Shahid Afridi will be available. Pollard and Afridi were key components in the Redbacks qualifying for the lucrative Twenty20 event, but they were not part of the state's 20-man preliminary squad for the tournament.

Pollard's IPL side Mumbai Indians are also in the competition and he will have a third option if his home side Trinidad and Tobago win the domestic series in the West Indies next month. Afridi's calendar has become complicated by his new leadership duties with Pakistan and a South Australian spokeswoman said they were unsure whether he would be available.

The offspinner Dan Cullen has been given hope that his career with South Australia is not over after being named in the outfit. Cullen, who played a Test in 2006, was cut from the Redbacks' contract list along with Mark Cosgrove after the summer, but remains in their plans even if he doesn't make the final 15-man squad.

South Australia will test out their new leadership team at the event, which they qualified for by finishing runner up to Victoria in the 2009-10 Big Bash final. Michael Klinger is the new captain and his deputy is Callum Ferguson, who did not play at all last summer due to a knee reconstruction.

The squad will be boosted by Shaun Tait and Daniel Christian, who are currently playing in England's domestic Twenty20 competition. Tait is with Glamorgan while Christian, a non-playing member of Australia's World Twenty20 squad, is at Hampshire.

South Australia squad Daniel Harris, James Smith, Michael Klinger (capt), Cameron Borgas, Aaron O'Brien, Graham Manou (wk), Daniel Christian, Gary Putland, Peter George, Callum Ferguson, Kane Richardson, Michael Cranmer, Jake Haberfield, Tim Ludeman, Shaun Tait, Tom Cooper, Chris Duval, Joel Davies, Cullen Bailey, Daniel Cullen.

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  • Michael on June 28, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    @westindies4life,--Barath and Darren Bravo are two promising cricketers,but only Barath deserves a play right NOW.Bravo must wait his turn.Forget Simmons,he is not test match material.Ganga is a good captain OF THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TEAM,a team that is hungry for success just like Bdos was in the 60s ,70,s and 80,s.D .Ganga is rubbish in the WI team in 2010,so is Ramdin and Rampaul!Pollard is a good one day player for CLUB teams around the world,not for the WI against the established test playing teams.CHECK HIS AVERAGE ,BIG MAN!HEY! what are you telling me?The west Indies A team just won two back to back matches and is in the process of winning another one,WITHOUT DARREN BRAVO!Politics is indeed playing a part in WI cricket,mastermind by you Trinidadians!but the truth is that from the time that WI began playing test cricket,the Bajan players were instrumental in the WI winning test matches and series,and right now we are not producing. Ck the records!

  • Amar on June 28, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    "Metman" are u telling me that Darren Bravo an Barath dont deserve to be on d team, look at this team, look how these currentvplayers are proforming on, u cannt say WI not misssing Barath in the opening position or simmions, an darren bravo in the middle order, and yes i think ganga is a better skipperr than galye... have u been watch cricket lately..... as soon a Darren Bravo leave d A team they start to fail.... so dont even say trinidad team aint a good one.... an pollard is rated as d best player in 20/20 in england ( check out d competition goin on now) he was one of the best in the ipl and was a VIP player in austrial competition.... which other WI don dat ....non....lets see wat these caribbean sides can do.....i backin trinidad all d yes russel seems to be yet again wat every WI person do is start to put politicies into cricket an the end of the day its not pollard or gayle or russle that loses.... just like wat u did in your comments,,,

  • Michael on June 27, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    @westindies4life---Yeah right!Pollard and Bravo are two mediocre cricketers from TT,so what is the big deal?You Trinidadians have been playing cricket for a long time now, won a few T20 and ODI competitions of late,and feel that you all are world beaters.Look! you all have only produce ONE,I repeat ONE cricketer of world class from the time the WI have been playing Test cricket,who can make it into an all time West Indian side .How many Trinidadians have actually been put forward for readers votes?By the way,we already have a replacement for the uncommited Pollard,--Andre Russel,---and as soon as this Test series is over,we will send another mediocre TT cricketer,Ramdin,back to Couva where he belongs.Only ONE Trinidadian deserves a play on this current WI team,and that is Dwayne Bravo.

  • Matt on June 25, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    They're going to struggle. Afridi and Pollard were the reasons why they got into the final.

  • Amar on June 25, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Well i hope that pollard will chose country, home an island, providing that trinidad quality for this tourment, it will be a great shame on his part if he chose money over country an fellow trinidadians, ent bravo also have 3 teams that he may be ale to play with, o yeh he's from trinidad to.....

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    I like the Champions League beacause players like Smith and Klinger who are past national squad selection, they get an opportunity to play at the world stage.

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    we need to have proper club structure across nations, as in Football, one player plays for one club in a season. And, there is a difference between the IPL teams and the teams from other countries playing the champions league. The other teams are the same teams which play first class level/ListA etc tournaments, but for the Indian teams, the IPL teams are different from the state teams that play Ranji trophy etc. I feel there has to be some standardization somewhere.

  • Steve on June 25, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Maybe they can sign a proper cricketer instead.

  • Tim on June 25, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    To be able to play for three or even possibly four teams in the champions league is a nonsense. But then that's what 20/20 cricket is, a nonsense - so no real conflict!

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    I had been waiting 4 the champions league coz of Afridi sooo badly... i jst cudnt wait 2 c improvement between INDIA-PAKISTAN relationship but plz dnt tell me Afridi wnt play....... + it doesnt luk lyk SA wud do well without their danger men but u neva know wat the Aussies can do on their day...

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