‘I’ve always admired his captaincy’ – Viv Richards on Kieron Pollard
Pollard, who played his most recent One-day international match for the Caribbean side three years ago, assumed control over the leadership reins from Jason Holder in the 50-over format after the national side’s disillusioning show at the 2019 ICC World Cup.
“I’ve always admired his captaincy, I’ve generally felt that when he played the first CPL T20 at home, he was the best captain. I think Barbados Tridents proceeded to win it [in 2014], and he was the best captain as I would see it, more proactive than the remainder of the captains we would have seen. I believe he’s in a decent place,” Viv said.
Pollard hasn’t showed up for West Indies in one-day cricket since their visit to the UAE to play Pakistan in October 2016, and his last List A appearance was over a year prior, for Trinidad and Tobago in the semi-finals of the 2018 Super50 Cup. Despite the lack of 50-over match practice in recent, Richards hopes that Pollard will fit right once more into the side.
“It’s tied in with getting yourself fit, and there’s sufficient great players around him that can assist too. I believe he’s a person that will get himself to match fitness,” he said.
Pollard’s first assignment will be against Afghanistan with three-match ODI series which is scheduled to take place today at Lucknow.