West Indies ‘white ball’ captain Kieron Pollard is appealing for fans to “don’t be too hard on the Test batsmen”, as he says the T20 team will perform. He attributes his confidence to the fact that the T20 players are familiar with the South Africa bowlers and other top quality bowlers from playing against them frequently at franchise leagues, while most of the Test team have not faced the South Africans before.
He added the Test series (that South Africa won 2-0) was played with a red ball that moves about, but the T20 series (starting on Saturday 26th in St George’s, Grenada) is being played with a white ball.
Pollard is not concerned about the ranking positions (South Africa-6th and West Indies-10th) as he admits that a lot of things have happened since 2016 (when the West Indies won the T20 World Cup) and the present day, “I don’t look much into that”. He adds that “yes they are ahead of us, but we are just looking to play good cricket and improve from the Sri Lanka series”.
The TKR right handed power hitter also commented on the criticism, that the team includes older players like Gayle (41, turning 42 in September) Fidel Edwards (39), and Bravo (37). Admitting that he and the team hear the fans, he stated “If you go with only youngsters, there will still be noise”. He explained if these players are assets to the team, why not play them? “let’s use the little cricket these players have left in them”. Pollard said they just want to pick the best team and pick the best players, “we see them play all around the world and ask ‘why they are not playing for us’, but when we select them, we ask ‘why we are selecting them’. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t”.
The 5 match T20 series starts in St George’s on Saturday.