Kieron Pollard returns home to the Trinbago Knight Riders in CPL 2019
West Indian power-hitter Kieron Pollard will play for his home franchise Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for the first time in his career. Trinbago Knight Riders reported Pollard as their marquee player on Wednesday for the forthcoming season which will start from 4 September and continue till 12 October.
This will be the third team Pollard will be playing for in his CPL career. He was with the Barbados Tridents since the debut season of CPL in 2013. He spent five seasons with them and he was the captain of the team when the franchise won the title in 2014. After being part of the team from 2013 to 2017, he played for St Lucia Stars in the last year of the CPL.
“We are delighted to invite Pollard back home and its extraordinary to proceed with our efforts to bring as many Trini boys home as possible. I can hardly wait for the response of the fans when Pollard takes the field at our opening match on 4 September,” the team director, Venky Mysore said in a statement.
Trinbago Knight Riders is the defending champion of the CPL as they won the title last year under another world class all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. They also won the title in 2015 and 2017. The rest of the squad of Trinbago Knight Riders will be announced at the Hero CPL Players Draft which is scheduled to take place on May 22.
The most experienced player in the T20 history to have 474 matches with his name Kieron Pollard is also the fastest to score a half century in the history of CPL. He scored 1410 runs in 58 matches at the strike rate of 146.94 averaging 38.38 with one century. For Barbados Tridents, he scored 1080 runs in 49 matches at the strike rate of 141.46 averaging 29.61 while in just one season for St Lucia Stars last year, he scored 330 runs at the strike rate of 159.42 averaging 49.14 with one century.
Currently he has been involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with his franchise Mumbai Indians. He started slowly in this year’s edition of the IPL but slowly he found his form and won the matches for Mumbai. He scored 238 runs in 13 innings at a strike rate of 155.55 and average of 29.75 with one half-century.
He will play his last match in this year’s IPL Final in Hyderabad on May 12 against the winner between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings who will face-off in the qualifier 2 on May 10. After that, the Trinidadian all-rounder will join West Indies squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.