West Indies news June 6, 2010

Pollard chooses Somerset over A tour

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Kieron Pollard has put his domestic Twenty20 future ahead of his West Indies career by turning down a place on the one-day leg of the A-team tour to England in favour of his deal with Somerset for the Friends Provident t20.

Pollard, the hard-hitting allrounder, is due to link up with the county shortly but was offered a place on the West Indies A tour which includes a triangular series with England Lions and India A in June. However, Cricinfo understands he declined that opportunity because he isn't on a WICB retainer contract and doesn't feel an obligation to deny himself a lucrative spell with Somerset where the money on offer is substantially more than what he would earn with the A team.

"We are not impressed," a West Indies source told Cricinfo. "We had a lot of talks with him to try and persuade him otherwise and spell out his pathway for the future, but he wanted to play for Somerset instead. We were trying to help his cricket develop by giving him an A tour, but he didn't want to take up the offer."

Pollard is not among the 35 players contracted by the WICB and the players association, WIPA, has defended his move saying it would be unfair to deny him the chance to take up his county deal.

"He signed his contract with Somerset a long time before the squad was announced and he isn't contracted with the West Indies board," Dinanth Ramnarine, the WIPA president, told Cricinfo. "If he was he probably wouldn't have had a choice, but it would almost be restraint of trade to stop him going to Somerset."

Pollard was one of the big-money signings at last year's IPL auction, when he joined Mumbai Indians for more than $750,000, having impressed at the Champions League Twenty20 for Trinidad and Tobago, when he smashed 54 off 18 balls against New South Wales. But his international numbers are struggling to justify the hype with a Twenty20 international average of 12.66 and ODI figure of 19.92.

In the recent World Twenty20, Pollard averaged a paltry 9.40 before managing to lift that to a more respectable 26.80 in the recent one-day series against South Africa.

The clash between West Indies A duty and his Somerset stint isn't the first time Pollard's Twenty20 career has been at loggerheads with his international duties. There was talk of him suing the WICB for loss of earnings after he was called up to face Zimbabwe making him to miss Mumbai's opening IPL match in March.

However, Cricinfo understands that the legal threat has now been dropped although the increasing tensions between player and board seem unlikely to disappear any time soon.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Steven500 on June 13, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    The West Indies selectors are too schemish and operate out of spite. They could have sent Simmons who scored a double century against England in the Caribbean to join the A side instead of Pollard....or they could have sent Ganga and let him captain the side. Look how they call back Darren Bravo from the A side as the top batsman and then leave him out of the Test Match against South Africa on his home ground......what a shame . The selectors and Gail should be fired.

    Steven500

  • WestIndianInDA on June 11, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    People keep talking about Pollard being given chance to develop his cricket, Where?? At which cricketing School or Center??? If he is being bashed and his FC average is better than some players you all consider should remain on WI team or just as good as player that have played twice as much FC games as him. Maybe we should blame our cricket structure then since he came from it! WICB did not expose Pollard to T20, and they sure hell have done nothing to help him or any other players with or without talent, do we hear of any West Indian player(s) other than Kolpak players playing Anywhere in the World? Why can't our Board search for places that we can have players like Pollard and others spend a month or two, to help develop their game? How on earth can we expect players to develop on Tour or playing the game at the highest level, if you are not allowed to develop the basics, lashing out against Pollard, like it is his doing when WICB calls a camp 1 week before a Tour and then fail!!!

  • WestIndianInDA on June 11, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    lara71, why is Ramdin on West Indies team, he is the worst thing that has happened to wicketkeeping here in the Caribbean since Browne and Jacobs!!! Give Pollard a break, maybe the problem is not with Pollard but with this WICB, simply out for their personal gains, so why should Pollard be any different!!! If you know the history of our cricket, then you would know how the WICB treats its' players!!!

  • Dason on June 10, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    My thought is Pollard knew the end was near and decided to opt out rather than face the axe. I see no reason why WI would persist with a cricketer with that kind of average. Come to think of it, Pollard was the perfect replacement for Dwayne Smith....more or less.

  • Mels04 on June 10, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    i have to agree with OLEPOLICE, WICB got taste of their own medicine, remember how unprofessionally they treated senior player when Chris and his co want better contracts, how ill they treated J taylor or F edwards when he got injuried at IPL 2009. WICB be careful you might find yourself in CSA situation, J Trott, K Pieterson, G elliot, Lumb, Kieswetter, B watling, Strauss and Lately RJ Pieterson all thanx to RSA politics. No wonder why when unproductive Gibbs and Ntini still make it in ODI

  • convertorboy on June 9, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    http://www.cricinfo.com/countycricket2010/content/story/462523.html null said

  • Django on June 9, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    How dare the WICB actually complain? If they had even one iota of sense, they would have sent Keiron Pollard to play the "tests" part of the A tour. But no, they now want to send someone who is one of the first names on the WI playing XI in both T20 and ODI formats for.. err.. more T20 and ODI cricket, only now a level down from there. Does that make sense to anyone? Wouldn't Pollard be better off playing with the likes of White and Kartik, against better opposition, in alien English conditions? I sure think so. WICB is a joke.

  • romville on June 8, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    he tells everyone he is a T20 and limited overs player, when in fact he is a better player in the longer version of the game: his average speaks for itself. he tells everybody he is a batsman when in fact he performs better with the ball.what i am saying even pollard does not know what he is.i am sure when he gets to somerset they will suss him out.or will he perform better because somerset is paying him more than west indies pay.

  • lefalcon on June 8, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Pollard was right. Never put all of one's eggs in one basket. In the past players didn't have any choice...or did they? I am reminded about Kerry Packer and the English Professional League. Didn't the current coach Otis Gibson do something similar? I think it is a question of respect, or disrespect as is the case of the WICB, whose relationship with the players has been, to say the very least, abusive. Imagine the WICB actually thinks that a policy of divide and rule would actually serve to strenthen team spirit in the long-run, and some are actually surprised when the situation gets worse than they were before!

  • olepolice on June 7, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    The WICB played Pollard in a World Cup then discarded him and offered contracts to Chattergoon Parchment and Reifer , Hello ! Pollard averages more than all of the above in first class cricket he has three hundreds , he bats he bowls and he fields .

    What is he to do take sweet talk ! remember what happened to Carl Hooper when he was injured ? The WICB left him high and dry , Bravo complained that he was shabbily treated by the WICB when he was injured , so why blame Pollard for playing out a contract to which he is obligated, if he is injured and his career ends i wonder if the Pollard bashers will help him along ! The calls that Pollard is a failure are unfair , if someone bats at 7 and 8 , and regularly bats with the tail how is he expected to raise his average when the Team asks him to go haywire ! very unfair but the players who bat higher and eat up overs and leave it to Polly are not hounded as he is.ever ask why he has not yet been asked to open in an ODI or 2020 ?.

  • Steven500 on June 13, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    The West Indies selectors are too schemish and operate out of spite. They could have sent Simmons who scored a double century against England in the Caribbean to join the A side instead of Pollard....or they could have sent Ganga and let him captain the side. Look how they call back Darren Bravo from the A side as the top batsman and then leave him out of the Test Match against South Africa on his home ground......what a shame . The selectors and Gail should be fired.

    Steven500

  • WestIndianInDA on June 11, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    People keep talking about Pollard being given chance to develop his cricket, Where?? At which cricketing School or Center??? If he is being bashed and his FC average is better than some players you all consider should remain on WI team or just as good as player that have played twice as much FC games as him. Maybe we should blame our cricket structure then since he came from it! WICB did not expose Pollard to T20, and they sure hell have done nothing to help him or any other players with or without talent, do we hear of any West Indian player(s) other than Kolpak players playing Anywhere in the World? Why can't our Board search for places that we can have players like Pollard and others spend a month or two, to help develop their game? How on earth can we expect players to develop on Tour or playing the game at the highest level, if you are not allowed to develop the basics, lashing out against Pollard, like it is his doing when WICB calls a camp 1 week before a Tour and then fail!!!

  • WestIndianInDA on June 11, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    lara71, why is Ramdin on West Indies team, he is the worst thing that has happened to wicketkeeping here in the Caribbean since Browne and Jacobs!!! Give Pollard a break, maybe the problem is not with Pollard but with this WICB, simply out for their personal gains, so why should Pollard be any different!!! If you know the history of our cricket, then you would know how the WICB treats its' players!!!

  • Dason on June 10, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    My thought is Pollard knew the end was near and decided to opt out rather than face the axe. I see no reason why WI would persist with a cricketer with that kind of average. Come to think of it, Pollard was the perfect replacement for Dwayne Smith....more or less.

  • Mels04 on June 10, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    i have to agree with OLEPOLICE, WICB got taste of their own medicine, remember how unprofessionally they treated senior player when Chris and his co want better contracts, how ill they treated J taylor or F edwards when he got injuried at IPL 2009. WICB be careful you might find yourself in CSA situation, J Trott, K Pieterson, G elliot, Lumb, Kieswetter, B watling, Strauss and Lately RJ Pieterson all thanx to RSA politics. No wonder why when unproductive Gibbs and Ntini still make it in ODI

  • convertorboy on June 9, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    http://www.cricinfo.com/countycricket2010/content/story/462523.html null said

  • Django on June 9, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    How dare the WICB actually complain? If they had even one iota of sense, they would have sent Keiron Pollard to play the "tests" part of the A tour. But no, they now want to send someone who is one of the first names on the WI playing XI in both T20 and ODI formats for.. err.. more T20 and ODI cricket, only now a level down from there. Does that make sense to anyone? Wouldn't Pollard be better off playing with the likes of White and Kartik, against better opposition, in alien English conditions? I sure think so. WICB is a joke.

  • romville on June 8, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    he tells everyone he is a T20 and limited overs player, when in fact he is a better player in the longer version of the game: his average speaks for itself. he tells everybody he is a batsman when in fact he performs better with the ball.what i am saying even pollard does not know what he is.i am sure when he gets to somerset they will suss him out.or will he perform better because somerset is paying him more than west indies pay.

  • lefalcon on June 8, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Pollard was right. Never put all of one's eggs in one basket. In the past players didn't have any choice...or did they? I am reminded about Kerry Packer and the English Professional League. Didn't the current coach Otis Gibson do something similar? I think it is a question of respect, or disrespect as is the case of the WICB, whose relationship with the players has been, to say the very least, abusive. Imagine the WICB actually thinks that a policy of divide and rule would actually serve to strenthen team spirit in the long-run, and some are actually surprised when the situation gets worse than they were before!

  • olepolice on June 7, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    The WICB played Pollard in a World Cup then discarded him and offered contracts to Chattergoon Parchment and Reifer , Hello ! Pollard averages more than all of the above in first class cricket he has three hundreds , he bats he bowls and he fields .

    What is he to do take sweet talk ! remember what happened to Carl Hooper when he was injured ? The WICB left him high and dry , Bravo complained that he was shabbily treated by the WICB when he was injured , so why blame Pollard for playing out a contract to which he is obligated, if he is injured and his career ends i wonder if the Pollard bashers will help him along ! The calls that Pollard is a failure are unfair , if someone bats at 7 and 8 , and regularly bats with the tail how is he expected to raise his average when the Team asks him to go haywire ! very unfair but the players who bat higher and eat up overs and leave it to Polly are not hounded as he is.ever ask why he has not yet been asked to open in an ODI or 2020 ?.

  • lara71 on June 7, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    kieron pollard to me is not a cricketer because twenty 20 is not cricket. look at is average it is horrible. i see no point in continuing with pollard and some of the cricketers on westindies. Why is andre fletcher on westindies. You have so much talent in the caribbean and they would select fletcher? MAKES NO SENSE. I hope they play well against south africa but westindies fans expect dissapointment

  • Metman on June 7, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Utter nonsense redneck,and what is an A team?who selects the A team?It is a west indies selection big man.The same selectors, as dumb as they are,. select the T20.ODI and test teams.Pollard is not a test player,will never be a test player,so he has in fact knock back( as you put it),what he is not too good at,namely the T20 and ODI formats,so it is indeed bad.It would be interesting to see if he is selected again ,for everyone can see that he is not committed to WI cricket like they said of Ryan Hinds in the past.

  • Munkeymomo on June 7, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Question: If the Somerset Sabres team consists of 3 overseas players and Cameron White and Murali Karthik (who is in sublime form and playing for them already) are also signed... How annoyed are the WICB going to be when Pollard sits on the bench?

  • windiescricetfan on June 7, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Trinidad and Tobago would murder Jamaica in the 4 day tournament if they ever had all of their players.

    Barrath, Perkins, Simmonds, Darren Ganga, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, Rampaul, Dave Mohammed, Jaggernauth

    would beat the pants of Jamaica in a 5 match 5 day series. Heck they would beat the pants off of the West Indies

    and when you throw in players like Carriah, Kelly, Emrith and Sherwin Ganga with Omar Khan in charge it wouldnt even be a contest.

    While Trinidad and Tobago would be training hard and going through serious preperations. Gayle and the boys would be living it up. Partying every night and going out there to "relax". It would finish 5-0.

  • Steven500 on June 7, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    WICB selectors Forget Pollard and send one of your development players under contract....send Reifer to the A Side. Its only envy.

    Steven500

  • Metman on June 7, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    I am not vexed at Pollard for going to Somerset instead of the A team tour.What I am truly amazed at is the fact that a player with a T20 av.of 12.66,and a ODI of 19.92can actually snub the WICB and the selectors.Of course the real reason is the fact that Pollard is a millionaire already,and he doesnt need petty cash anymore.He is after the big bucks,and I would have done the same thing.The WICB and the selectors continue to be the laughing stock around the world and the CEOs comment should have been directed at them,not at the up and coming players.They are so dumb,that they should be sent to the High Performance Centre too.Look,selectors ,all the other test playing nations would NEVER pick a player with those averages to represent them in any form of cricket,not even to be the reserve on a reserve team.

  • drekilladev99 on June 7, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Pollard can bat at the higher level. He has done it for T&T on numerous occasions. Matchwinning innings in the four day tournament. The guy signed the contract before he was called up and also the WICB should of put him on a retainer contract. The tour to england for the WI A they only called up pollard for the odi parts. Pollard walks onto the WI odi team, why would the WICB call him for the A tour odi part only? Pollard is right in what he is doing. The WICB is a bunch of fools looking to cause further disruption in WI cricket.

  • smackdawg on June 7, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Pollard had already Signed a contract with Somerset in good faith and he showed integrity to honour that agreement. If Pollard held a retainer contact, I would have expected his allegiance to be first to West Indies cricket, but the board did not see enough worth in Pollard to make that investment in him. However, the IPL and an English county have seen enough value in the young player to make lucrative investments in him........ Those who are overly critical of Pollard should note that he was the second highest wicket taker in the entire five match ODI series, second only to Morkel. Only Dwayne Bravo 174 runs, and Richards and Chanderpaul 157, scored more runs, making his overall performance in the team, second only to Dwayne Bravo.

  • lazytrini on June 7, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    If Pollard was Jamaican then Michael Holding would have different views on him. I am amused that this article took the time to bring up the silliness Tony Cozier wrote about Pollard wanting to sue the Board. That story was unsubstantiated in every way, and making reference to it here is akin to sensationalist journalism.

  • emmwill on June 7, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    Both the WICB and Pollard are inept and a waste of Windies fan time and money. The WICB should have given him a retainer contract in the first place, but they probably thought he was just a T20 specialist, so to speak. Pollard has been snubbing the WICB ever since. This is just a vendetta being played out in public. The interesting thing about it is that Pollard is probably not even worth it. He has not proven that in international matches by any stretch of the imagination.

  • myderek on June 7, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    Personal views regarding the performance of young Pollard are not the issue. The fact is that Pollard signed a legally binding contract with Somerset a long time prior to the announcement of the A Team. There was no reason for him not to sign the contact and make some money. Now he should honour his contractual obligations or run the risk of being sued for breach of contract. If the WICB identified POLLARD as a player whose services would be required then he should be on a Retainer Contract whereby you PAY players for their retention. I am disappointed by the comments of the West Indies source that state "we are not impressed" (WICB viewpoint on Pollard's actions). It is the West Indian public that continues to be unimpressed with the WICB management. Supporters of West Indies cricket need to stop BEATING UP players and undertand that our fortunes will improve when we start managing cricket in a professional manner. Our adminstrators need to go on an A Team deveopmental Tour!

  • redneck on June 7, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    this looks like it was a test of pollards loyalty to west indies cricket, and it looks like he failed that test! however its only a A team one day tour, if he knocked back a west indies selection that would be a whole lot worse! surely there is another young up and commer that would gladly appreciate a shot at playing in england. @lugujaga please dont compair pollard to symonds. symonds never chose cash over representing australia. and he also proved himself in the international arena, something pollards has yet to do! he may have put fishing ahead of team meetings and rugby league matches with a beer or 2 over pre match routines but never cash over country!

  • jakui365 on June 7, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    I believe the selectors should not force Pollard into being a T20 player. Remember Ricardo Powell. he should bat higher and soon we will see he is a nothing batsman who has been worked out by opposing teams. He will not score more than 25 at the highest level including test matches. He thus has a right to earn as much as he can now before his career ends shortly.

  • chunnie on June 7, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    I cannot understand why so many people are calling Pollard rubbish! When will people wake up and think for themselves? Pollard can only do what the WICB allows him to do. The management of the team has failed to properly utilize his potential. I agree 100% with what he is doing.

  • WestIndianInDA on June 7, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    Pollard did well in the Twenty20 Big Bash for South Australia and was the leading runs scorer. He did well in the IPL batting at 8 most of the time and for 14 matches played had the 3rd highest Strike Rate. Sure as a West Indian I want to see him even play Test, ODIs and T20, but I can also say if he don't take care of his future financially no Board or Team will sure not WICB, so they should be the last to feel rage or snubbed, as for Holding, he himself is just pissed that these guys are making much more money than he ever will and maybe never dreamed of playing cricket!! If WICB is so interested in Pollard's development then let them prove it, not by some A Team spot but by establishing the proper facilities, with equipment and personnel for all our players and will be players, because Pollard is not the only player with talent that needs help to develop into a better player!!

  • Nikobelle on June 7, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    Why is the WICB surprised that Pollard chooses to play cricket somewhere else? Didn't they say publicly that 'none of the players in the current team can cut it at international level'? So surely they can't expect anyone to stick around if there's another choice?! Once again WICB shoots itself in the foot! And West Indies cricket suffers still. When will the WICB take stock of itself and do the right thing and resign? OR have a frank meeting with the players and come to an agreement that's fair to the players and the region? Doesn't the WICB feel the shame and the grief that the fans feel? I don't blame the players, I blame the board who are managing the players (and not very well either). What is WICB doing for WI cricket?

  • WestIndianInDA on June 7, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    I am a West Indian, the 3rd and 4th ODIs of the SA tour was played in my country. I have no ill will to what Pollard has done, if anything it should help his cricket, I do hope Somerset bat him higher than Mumbia and the West Indies!! As for our Board, they have no contract with the man, what is their point??

  • lucyferr on June 6, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Very smart from Pollard, being a trendsetter. More cricketers are going to choose club over country like this, and the public and country boards better get used to it. Hundreds of cricketers have sacrificed themselves for their countries and then ended up borrowing money from friends and family to support themselves later - glad Pollard won't be one of them. Now, while it's possible (even likely) that Pollard would have made this decision even if the WICB was a competent body, this should be a reminder to badly run cricket boards that the only players enslaved to their whims are the ones with low strike rates and poor bowling variation - i.e. the ones not good enough to play T20s but acceptable for things like Tests and ODIs.

  • Ethel on June 6, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    I am not a pollard fan but he would be a madman to turn down Somerset`s offer. the W.I .c. b does not give one dalm about poillard. Do you remember what they did to Lawrence Rowe, the best stroke player in the west indies. Pollard, although i am dissapointed with your performances thus far, you should try to make as much money as possible. They did not tie you down with a contract and as a result, they happen in this case to be the ones who cannot read and write.

  • Metman on June 6, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    I totally agree with Ramgoat and Bourda cricket about Pollard and I put the blame on the selectors.They are the worst group of people that we ever had as selectors.Some cricket dunce asked why pollard is not in the test team.Can you imagine someone asking that question in the year 2010?Pollard and Nikita Miller should never have been included on the T20 and ODI format of the A team tour.Youngsters like Keven Stoute(who should have gone on that tour ahead of Fudadin of Guyana) and Ryan Austin should have been given the opportunities.You need to send the best up and coming players who have performed for at least two seasons, not players who have already represented the W.I.Furthermore,this present bunch of selectors seem interested only in how many of their countrymen they can get select on tours and test teams.It is time to done away with them and choose 3 others:one from Australia,one from England,and one from South Africa.,to select our teams.

  • olepolice on June 6, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Pollard averages 37.46 , Dowlin 30 , Richards 35.59, Deonarine 38 in first class cricket , he has credentials to be considered to play the longer version , yet he was offered a place on the ONE DAY leg of the tour , not the four day version, the one day version !!! , and they say they wanted to help him develop !.

    They have basically said to Polly that he is a Limited Over player , 2020 or 5050 , how can a player knowing that he wants to play the longer version and averages higher than most if not all of the A Team players not seek his interest , hell he is not even a contracted player on retainer ! why should he put the people who saw it fit to contract him ahead of those who failed to do so . Michael Holding has said he is not a cricketer , well maybe he will be a wealthy non cricketer from playing cricket , who vex lose , let the WICB put there business in order first !!!

  • dar268 on June 6, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    The real story is why Somerset are paying lots of money for someone who is, by any sensible measure, pretty rubbish.

  • degiant on June 6, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    Hi windiescricketfan, you cannot compare Pollard with Gayle because Pollard has Never Never won a game for WI. I have beem writing about him being overated and is NOT repeat Not better than Sammy whom they say is a bowler and not that much hyped, yet makes more runs than Pollard. According to one of Colin Croft statements, if he is selected again then the selectors should go and live in Mongolia. Like I said no pride just money of which they cannot preform well enough to really earn.

  • ganja_man on June 6, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    To the guy insisting that Jamaica are supposedly a better side because of their recent triumphs, its hard to disagree with him. But lets not forget either that the T&T campaigns have been severely affected by the inclement weather which have benefited the Jamaicans quite a bit. Also, quite a few of the T&T players have suffered from lengthy injuries which meant that for almost all of those campaigns they've gone in with severely depleted squads.

  • popahwheely on June 6, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Pollard had many chances to prove himself in the windies team. He's just another mediocre player in the windies team. He should not be picked to play for the windies ever again. They really need to start weeding out the mediocre talent and players who are just taking up space. And only pick players who show and prove.

  • Rajin_27 on June 6, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    gottalovetheraindance if jamaica is better than T&T then why weren't they in the champions league final and not T&T ? The truth is T&T is a better odi & T20 team than jamaica.Let's not forget that even though jamaica is the 4-day champions,T&T is both the T20 and ODI champs in the caribbean and runners up in the champions league and we made it their cuz we beat the pants off jamaica in the final of the domestic T20.As for pollard,I don't blame him cuz why should other players be given a retainer contact and not him.Is it b'cuz they rate him so poorly as a player ?well if that is the case then he should lend his skills to ppl who appreciate it.I also don't blame the selectors cuz if they were to pick a team based on performance,skill and consistency then 90% of the team will be trinibagonians and it may look biased...

  • nevertheless on June 6, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    the intelligencia of the WIBC has been grappling with this simple issue for the longest while. This is the era of professional sport, they still can't understand it hence their inability to resolve it. Their myopia prevents them from properly choosing who to pay retainers to. The current list includes payback for scab players from the recent strike who have almost no hope of future meaningful participation in a WI eleven. Pollard wants to be paid legally when and where he can, who doesn't? Get with the program Neanderthal WICB.

  • ganja_man on June 6, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    This is another case of mismanagement on the part of the WICB. I have seen Pollard play a number of times and they insist on using him as nothing more than a "master-blaster" instead of utilizing his talents. He is being pigeon-holed into being a T20 player and is never given a proper chance in the longer versions of the game - frequently coming into bat when the WI needs something ridiculous like 50 off 21 balls and 3 wickets remaining. Tell me, how is he ever supposed to develop like that? He regularly takes wickets, is amongst the best fielders in the side, and certainly has more potential than 75% of the other batsmen given proper chances! Its the same thing with Lendl Simmonds. Why was he not included in the squad for the Test matches along with Brendan Nash? What have they done to be blacklisted? Good on you Pollard - go play county cricket instead. Playing under the clowns in WI management just isnt worth it anymore.

  • gottalovetheraindance on June 6, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    'oh yes trinidad would do so much better than west indies on their own'. yeah right Jamaica has won the regional 4 day tournament 3 years in a row & u dont hear us whining that we wood be better off without the rest of the region. u ppl who calling for Trinidad 2 go solo & ganga 2 b captain need 2 get ur heads examined.

  • MOFLN on June 6, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Check the list of players with retainer contracts...... and ask where are they....why don't they send Mr. Floyd Reifer who has a retainer contract. But can offer nothing in terms of skill to the West Indies. They rewarded him for because he played while the major players were on strike. Its what the board Always Does Fudge it up and then blame the players. In international Sport a players lifespan can be limited By Injury ask Ian Bishop. Pollard has the right to make as much as he can while he can. the WICB should shut up and deal with serious issues like a replacement for Gayle the loosing-est Captain the Windies have ever seen.

  • ramgoat on June 6, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    who is to blame ,the wi selectors ,they know this guy cant bat and they still continue to select him.his track record shows,he is miserable against spin always out stump,as far as i am concern he is a big waste and overrated player.

  • bikibikrant on June 6, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    ahh..i really dont understand y some of you guys are against Pollard decsion.. he is the master of his mind and can do whateva he want to... if WICB thinks that his participation in A team will improve his ability and performance then i am sorry to say guys... you need to send all the players to that tour because no one seems performing well.... i have no doubt on pollard's ability... he has shown glimpse of hope and i have full faith on his ability.. go and do whatever you want to do.

  • Bourdacricket on June 6, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Pollard is a waste of space and he knows it. That's why he is raking in as much as he can while some 20/20 leagues remain blind to his very limited talent.

  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on June 6, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    This is just the beginning of things to come

  • Silva-Surfa on June 6, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Abit of a head-scratcher this one. It wasn't so long ago that Pollard was quoted in saying that he wants to focus and take himself more seriously in the longer version of the game. I can't see how snubbing the opportunity to play for the A-Team will do himself any favours with the Board or Selectors. On the other hand maybe he feels that his allround game will improve by playing a season in completely different conditions. But by only playing T20 matches, this looks like the reasons are purely financial and by doing something like this, Michael Holding's comments will appear to be more of a fact, then i wanted to believe. Fortunately Pollard is still a young man and has time on his side.

  • Singhe on June 6, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    I like this kid's maturity. He kept his mouth shut and did what is his best interest. Had the WICB offered him a contract, instead of repaying the scabs who played against Bamgladesh,this would not have happened. I wish a few oters, like Bharath, and some of the young cricketers from Guyana and Trinadad, would get the opportunity to do the same.

  • VisBal on June 6, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Obviously the WICB did not think Pollard worthy of a contract with his limited skill. However, they offered him a way to improve his skill and chances of playing for the West Indies side. The fact that he declined to play in a hit-and-giggle circus reveals that he is really not serious about his cricket. The WICB are definitely better off leaving him out of their future plans. There is undoubtedly better talent and there are more serious upcoming players available in the Caribbean; they are the ones to be persisted with. Pollard is better off playing T20 as this is where a person of his limited ability can make his living.

  • Stark62 on June 6, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    He isn't a quality player anyway and plus you can play young players. Also, from the senior side I would keep the Bravo brothers, Sarwan, Richards, Chanderpaul, Roach, Taylor, Sammy, Edwards (If he is fit) and throw away the rest.

    Yes, take Gayle out of the team because he looks more happy to play for kkr then wi and I've seen this with my own eyes. Also, you could possibly bring back Marlon Samuels.

  • Alphabeta on June 6, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    I agree with Pollard whole heartedly; 1) WICB did not offer him a retainer contract, 2) Indeed he must consider the financial aspect of the offers - cricket is his job - don't you fools go to the better paying job and last but certainly not least who in their right mind wants to even be associated with this West Indies team??? Lara was the last good thing about this team but the "brilliant" West Indian public, whi clearly knows little or nothing about the game of cricket, forced him out!

  • Cityharbour on June 6, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    He's 23 years old and I think he must know he doesnt have a future as a test player - so why not look out for his future?

    Certain people need to get off their high horse's and realise that if you were offered 750k for 6weeks work and the chance to play with Tendulkar that you would take it to.

    And so what if he chooses Somerset ahead of West Indies A? He signed his Somerset contract well before and the WICB are a joke anyway.

  • lugujaga on June 6, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    First of all if Pollard do not have a contract with the WICB, there is no need to try and force him to play for the A team, this is the perfect oppertunity to give another player the chance to play .The WICB is chasing fools gold at the end of a rainbow here ,it's obvious that Pollaqrd is more psychologically at ease with his duties for other world professional teams in the T20 format. In the ODI series that just concluded with South Africa I did not see pollard burning the scorers hand .When pollard plays for the west Indies there is a certain vibe to me that he feels a little slighted verses when he plays for the other teams, he shines and display an unmatched passion for the game .Kieron Pollard will end up similar to the great Andrew Symonds, more like a mercinery soldier than a national hero.WICB give the man a chance to build back up his selfworth and do what he loves best ,playing for other teams.for the sake of Westindies cricket give another young cricketer the chance.

  • Thunee_man_Naidoo on June 6, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    why do a lot of people are saying that the influx of money is bad for cricket? It should be obvious why players want to take this money. As a youngster aspiring cricketers often dream of fame and fortune, however theres not enough money in cricket for anyone to make a decent living. Unless you play for the national side cricket is not a viable career pathway. That's hundreds of thousands of young people vying for 11 national spots. Here in South Africa even if you play one of the domestic franchises it is not enough money to live properly. I don't blame pollard, he's got the oppurtunity here so he should take it.

  • windiescricetfan on June 6, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    John Dyson, the West Indies coach, said the decision didn't help his team. "It's not enough time for an ideal preparation (for a Test match) but we will work with it. The medical boys all say that, after that length of flight, you need a minimum of a couple of days to get over the jet lag and re-acclimatise and then you need a couple of days of practice.

    "We were prepared to work around that and now that it's been extended out a bit further it puts more pressure on Chris and I suppose the people in the West Indies Cricket Board who made that decision."

    http://www.cricinfo.com/ipl2009/content/story/402407.html

    Chris Gayle the saviour of West Indies cricket who hopes test cricket would die.

  • windiescricetfan on June 6, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    West Indies have reluctantly given Chris Gayle permission to extend his day with Kolkata Knight Riders at the IPL by two days if he wants to play an extra game. It means he could arrive in England just 48 hours before the first Test at Lord's, which will leave him precious little time to adjust to conditions.

    "The West Indies Cricket Board has been informed of this development and has agreed for him to arrive in England on Monday, May 4 if it becomes necessary," Omar Khan, the West Indies team manager, confirmed to reporters at Derby where they are playing England Lions, but also admitted it would "not be ideal preparation for a Test match."

    http://www.cricinfo.com/ipl2009/content/story/402407.html

  • windiescricetfan on June 6, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    The hate for Pollard is quite funny. He is just following the example of his great leader Chris Gayle who refused to join the west indies until 2 days before the start of their Test match at Lords against England in 2009. The reason? So he could get paid for an extra IPL match. But Gayle can do no wrong in the Caribbean, if the team is losing its the players fault. A distinctly different attitude from when Brian Lara was the captain. I am done with West Indies cricket while Chris Gayle is the captain. I hope they get whitewashed in every series from now until Gayle and his ridiculous "we have to go out there and relax" mentallity are wiped away from West Indies cricket. Darren Ganga showed what a team with proper preparation can do, as did the Stanford xi. Gayle and his party all night mentallity and "sorry we lost but we'll buy you a beer" is everything that is wrong with West Indies cricket. I hope Trinidad and Tobago hurries up, breaks away from West Indies cricket

  • boris6491 on June 6, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    It is fairly evident where his priorities are. I just hope he does not set a precedent for many other promising youngsters who play cricket for big bucks rather than for the pride and joy of representing your country. I thought Michael Holding was being harsh on Pollard. However, the tides have really turned and this has convinced me that Pollard 'is not a cricketer' as per Holding's statement. He is talented, but he has no committment to his national team. I hope the WICB do not go running after him and banish him into the wilderness where he deserves to be after running after money in these lucrative 20/20 tournaments. If he does get selected again for the WI after this, it will just demonstrate how desperate they are that they would give a free reign to a player who has turned his back on his national team. Any person like Pollard who plays cricket for money and not for the pride and joy of representing his country will never have my respect

  • hazeltine on June 6, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    That Pollard took the decision to play for Somerset instead of WIndies A should not be seen as a surprise. The REAL ISSUE is what are the WIndies Cricket board going to do. They should BY NOW have recognised that he is a thoroughly MEDIOCRE player who has been given ample opportunities at international level to develop his cricket but has not taken them. They now should not bother selecting him for any international matches. THIS IS THEIR OPPORTUNITY to show up and coming WIndian youngsters that they cannot simply walk into the WIndies side, fail time and again and get selected time and again, as many in this present WIndies seem to have done in the last 15 years.

  • gottalovetheraindance on June 6, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    i guess u could say he has 2 look after his finances i mean he is in such need of the money that somerset is offering him. the hard earned $750K he got in ipl is barely enough 2 buy a few earrings & fancy cars. plus playing for west indies A side is such a waste of time for him. he is such a great cricketer he does not need the practice & exposure that the windies A tour would give him. with a batting average of 13 in 20/20 & 20 in 50 overs cricket what more can we the fans of west indies cricket ask of him? we need 2 stop bashing these young greats it is not good for their ego!!!

  • bigerle on June 6, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    It is true that Pollard has not really distinguished himself with the bat and needs all the help he can get. He probably should have played with the A Team as a matter of West Indian pride. The WICB, however, has not offered him a retainer contract, which might have telegraphed to him their unwillingness to commit to his future. Therefore, he is a free agent who has no obligation to the WICB as they have none to him. They shouldn't be angry when he chooses to go in another direction, which is more secure than what they have offered. On the other hand he should not be angry when they refuse to select him. Knowing how the WICB treats its players, he must look after himself because he has no one to do so for him.

  • AAJS on June 6, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Not so long ago Mike Holding said he does not consider him to be a cricketer.. enough said.. I concur.. the guy is all hype and will bring down the skill level whichever team he palys for in the long or semi-long version of the game.. he can obviously hide his deficiencies in the T20 arean though... and that is where he should be left... no wonder WI cricket is down n out.. because you have potential players seeing this overated cricketer earning the 'dollaaaahhhss' with limited ability

  • SettingSun on June 6, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Wow, what a great bloke. He's obviously not worried about trying to deny Michael Holding's statement about him. It just goes to show, though, what a preposterous circus 20/20 is that Mumbai Indians were prepared to pay $750,000 for a hopeless slogger and trundling medium pacer. I look forward to his miserable failure for Somerset greatly.

  • SSPrash on June 6, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Make hay when the sun shines mate. Go play wherever you deem fit to play.

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  • SSPrash on June 6, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Make hay when the sun shines mate. Go play wherever you deem fit to play.

  • SettingSun on June 6, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Wow, what a great bloke. He's obviously not worried about trying to deny Michael Holding's statement about him. It just goes to show, though, what a preposterous circus 20/20 is that Mumbai Indians were prepared to pay $750,000 for a hopeless slogger and trundling medium pacer. I look forward to his miserable failure for Somerset greatly.

  • AAJS on June 6, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Not so long ago Mike Holding said he does not consider him to be a cricketer.. enough said.. I concur.. the guy is all hype and will bring down the skill level whichever team he palys for in the long or semi-long version of the game.. he can obviously hide his deficiencies in the T20 arean though... and that is where he should be left... no wonder WI cricket is down n out.. because you have potential players seeing this overated cricketer earning the 'dollaaaahhhss' with limited ability

  • bigerle on June 6, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    It is true that Pollard has not really distinguished himself with the bat and needs all the help he can get. He probably should have played with the A Team as a matter of West Indian pride. The WICB, however, has not offered him a retainer contract, which might have telegraphed to him their unwillingness to commit to his future. Therefore, he is a free agent who has no obligation to the WICB as they have none to him. They shouldn't be angry when he chooses to go in another direction, which is more secure than what they have offered. On the other hand he should not be angry when they refuse to select him. Knowing how the WICB treats its players, he must look after himself because he has no one to do so for him.

  • gottalovetheraindance on June 6, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    i guess u could say he has 2 look after his finances i mean he is in such need of the money that somerset is offering him. the hard earned $750K he got in ipl is barely enough 2 buy a few earrings & fancy cars. plus playing for west indies A side is such a waste of time for him. he is such a great cricketer he does not need the practice & exposure that the windies A tour would give him. with a batting average of 13 in 20/20 & 20 in 50 overs cricket what more can we the fans of west indies cricket ask of him? we need 2 stop bashing these young greats it is not good for their ego!!!

  • hazeltine on June 6, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    That Pollard took the decision to play for Somerset instead of WIndies A should not be seen as a surprise. The REAL ISSUE is what are the WIndies Cricket board going to do. They should BY NOW have recognised that he is a thoroughly MEDIOCRE player who has been given ample opportunities at international level to develop his cricket but has not taken them. They now should not bother selecting him for any international matches. THIS IS THEIR OPPORTUNITY to show up and coming WIndian youngsters that they cannot simply walk into the WIndies side, fail time and again and get selected time and again, as many in this present WIndies seem to have done in the last 15 years.

  • boris6491 on June 6, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    It is fairly evident where his priorities are. I just hope he does not set a precedent for many other promising youngsters who play cricket for big bucks rather than for the pride and joy of representing your country. I thought Michael Holding was being harsh on Pollard. However, the tides have really turned and this has convinced me that Pollard 'is not a cricketer' as per Holding's statement. He is talented, but he has no committment to his national team. I hope the WICB do not go running after him and banish him into the wilderness where he deserves to be after running after money in these lucrative 20/20 tournaments. If he does get selected again for the WI after this, it will just demonstrate how desperate they are that they would give a free reign to a player who has turned his back on his national team. Any person like Pollard who plays cricket for money and not for the pride and joy of representing his country will never have my respect

  • windiescricetfan on June 6, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    The hate for Pollard is quite funny. He is just following the example of his great leader Chris Gayle who refused to join the west indies until 2 days before the start of their Test match at Lords against England in 2009. The reason? So he could get paid for an extra IPL match. But Gayle can do no wrong in the Caribbean, if the team is losing its the players fault. A distinctly different attitude from when Brian Lara was the captain. I am done with West Indies cricket while Chris Gayle is the captain. I hope they get whitewashed in every series from now until Gayle and his ridiculous "we have to go out there and relax" mentallity are wiped away from West Indies cricket. Darren Ganga showed what a team with proper preparation can do, as did the Stanford xi. Gayle and his party all night mentallity and "sorry we lost but we'll buy you a beer" is everything that is wrong with West Indies cricket. I hope Trinidad and Tobago hurries up, breaks away from West Indies cricket

  • windiescricetfan on June 6, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    West Indies have reluctantly given Chris Gayle permission to extend his day with Kolkata Knight Riders at the IPL by two days if he wants to play an extra game. It means he could arrive in England just 48 hours before the first Test at Lord's, which will leave him precious little time to adjust to conditions.

    "The West Indies Cricket Board has been informed of this development and has agreed for him to arrive in England on Monday, May 4 if it becomes necessary," Omar Khan, the West Indies team manager, confirmed to reporters at Derby where they are playing England Lions, but also admitted it would "not be ideal preparation for a Test match."

    http://www.cricinfo.com/ipl2009/content/story/402407.html

  • windiescricetfan on June 6, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    John Dyson, the West Indies coach, said the decision didn't help his team. "It's not enough time for an ideal preparation (for a Test match) but we will work with it. The medical boys all say that, after that length of flight, you need a minimum of a couple of days to get over the jet lag and re-acclimatise and then you need a couple of days of practice.

    "We were prepared to work around that and now that it's been extended out a bit further it puts more pressure on Chris and I suppose the people in the West Indies Cricket Board who made that decision."

    http://www.cricinfo.com/ipl2009/content/story/402407.html

    Chris Gayle the saviour of West Indies cricket who hopes test cricket would die.