West Indies are set to include allrounder all-rounder Kieron Pollard in their World Cup squad. The ace allrounder could not make it to West Indies’ preliminary 15-man squad. The two-time World Cup champions picked the likes of Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite in the squad as their allrounders. But while Russell and Brathwaite are definitely capable of doing well at the World Cup, Pollard is perhaps ahead of them in terms of experience.
The hard-hitting, who last played an ODI way back in 2016, has 2289 ODI runs in 101 matches, at 25.71, with a highest score of 119 and strike-rate over 92.89. He has also picked 50 wickets at 39.12 with an economy rate of 5.74 with his medium pace. Not only that, he recently showed he still has plenty to offer with the bat as he starred for Mumbai Indians in their victorious Indian Premier League campaign. And perhaps his form in IPL is what made the West Indies selectors change their minds and include him in the squad.
According to Guardian Media Sports, the selection panel has informed that the decision to include Pollard is due to his experience. The selectors are optimistic that Pollard’s experience will come in handy at the World Cup and will also help the youngsters in the side. The news outlet has also reported that the decision will be finalised by the board and will be made public this weekend.
The teams, meanwhile, can change their World Cup squads till May 23 without seeking any permission from the ICC. The World Cup will start on May 30 with hosts England taking on South Africa. West Indies will start their campaign on May 31 against Pakistan.
West Indies’ preliminary World Cup squad:
Jason Holder (c), Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Fabien Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse.