Pollard defends recalling seniors for SL T20s

2021-03-03 at 18:33

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard has said blooding young talent in the national side at the expense of consistent results has not proven to be a winning strategy.

Pollard on the eve of the first T20I against Sri Lanka said it was about time the team started winning matches on a regular basis. Since their T20 World Cup triumph in 2016, West Indies have won just 16 of their subsequent 50 T20Is, losing 30 of them.

According to Pollard, the team needs to “get back into the habit of winning,” and bringing senior players back into the fold is one way in which they hope to achieve that.

Recalls for Chris Gayle and Fidel Edwards, 41 and 39 respectively, raised more than a few eyebrows, but head coach Phil Simmons had earlier stated both players had earned their spots in the side by virtue of their strong performances in franchise cricket.

Pollard echoed this view, adding that he views a blend of youth and experience as very much the way forward ahead of the T20 World Cup in India later this year.

With a hectic T20 schedule ahead in the coming months, Pollard also urged players in the domestic system to “stick your neck above the rest” to be selected.

Sri Lanka will take on West Indies in the first game of the three-match Twenty20 International series in Antigua tomorrow.

The game is slated to get underway at 3.30am Sri Lanka time.