West Indies news June 6, 2010

Pollard chooses Somerset over A tour


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

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  • Steven 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.


  • NIGEL 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!!!

  • NIGEL 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.

  • Makwena 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

  • Andre 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.

  • lincoln 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.

  • Emery 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!

  • Deryck 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 ?.

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