The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Trinbago Knight Riders franchise have named their captain for the upcoming season. The team has announced that they would keep Kieron Pollard as the skipper for the 2020 edition, slated to kickstart from the 18th of August. Kieron Pollard also leads the West Indian limited-overs side, who have managed to find their feet gradually.
Kieron Pollard also served as the captain in the previous edition as regular skipper Dwayne Bravo missed the tournament due to injury. Bravo ushered Trinbago Knight Riders to back to back CPL titles in 2017 and 2018 while Pollard’s first stint as captain saw the team being eliminated in the playoffs. The Knight Riders lost to the Barbados Tridents in Qualifier two.
CEO Venky Mysore feels glad to have Kieron Pollard as the captain of their franchise Trinbago Knight Riders. Mysore added that Dwayne Bravo had been approaching him for change of captaincy as he wants to concentrate on solely playing and enjoying his game. Now that the boss feels ready to pass it on and Bravo is happy as well to play under one of his Kieron Pollard.
“We are happy that Kieron who is the West Indies captain is our leader at TKR. The champion DJ Bravo has been coming to me year after year and asking me to give someone else the captaincy because he wants to just concentrate on playing and enjoying the game. I always told him not until I am ready and that time has come and he is very happy to play under Pollard,” Mysore said as quoted by Times Now.
“Kieron Pollard was kind enough to accept the position to lead the team at the tournament” : Venky Mysore
Venky Mysore went on to say that the pair are best of friends and playing together will give the franchise an excellent chance of lifting the title this year. The towering all-rounder felt honoured to lead the team and would happily take up the task.
“Pollard was kind enough to accept the position to lead the team at the tournament. He said if we wanted him to do it he will and we said that we will be delighted to have him as captain again,” he added.
With 1759 runs in 70 matches striking at 148.56, Pollard is the sixth-highest run-getter in the history of the tournament. On the other hand, Bravo is the leading wicket-taker with 97 scalps in 69 games. The CPL will commence on the 18th of August and continue till the 20th of September. All the matches will take place behind closed doors with COVID-19 protocols in place for players and officials.