West Indies All-rounder Kieron Pollard retires from international cricket

West Indies All-rounder Kieron Pollard retires from international cricket

Kieron Pollard, West Indies limited-overs captain, has retired from international cricket, announcing the decision on social media on Wednesday, a day before his Mumbai Indians' game against Chennai Super Kings.

 "After careful deliberation, I've decided to retire from international cricket," Kieron Pollard wrote. "As is a case of many young persons, it was a dream of mine to designated the WI team from the time I was a boy of 10 years, and I'm very proud to have represent West Indies (WI) cricket for over 15 years in both the T20I and ODI forms of the game.

With T20 World Cup coming up in Australia and an ODI World Cup next year in India, Cricket West Indies will have to pick a new captain in both formats.

Kieron Pollard, aged 35 next month, played 123 ODIs after making his debut in the World Cup 2007, scoring 2706 runs at an average of 26.01 with three centuries, and took 55 wickets. In 101 T20Is, he scored 1569 runs with a strike at 135.14 with a high score of 75*. He never played a Test for (WI) West Indies and was one of many white-ball specialists who revolutionized the T20 game for more than a decade. Kieron Pollard has played the second-most international games (224) without playing a Test after Miller.

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Kieron Pollard, however, left out of the ODI team in December 2014, ahead of a series in South Africa. His axing, along with that of Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy, came soon after West Indies had pulled out of a tour of India with an ODI, T20I, and three Tests remaining, following a dispute between West Indies Cricket Board and the players association over payment design.

Kieron Pollard returned to international cricket in June 2016 and was then made captain for ODIs and T20Is in 2019. Kieron Pollard led WI to series wins against Afghanistan in India, against Sri Lanka both home and away in T20Is against Ireland at home, and England at home earlier this year in T20Is.

Overall, he led West Indies in 61 matches in the two formats, of which they won 25 and lost 31.

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