West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has announced his retirement from international cricket, the player posted on his social media accounts.
Pollard took to his social media handles to make the surprising retirement announcement ahead of the all important clash of the IPL 2022 against Chennai Super Kings.
“Hi all, after careful deliberation, I have decided to retire from international cricket. It was a dream of mine to play for West Indies since I was a 10-year-old boy and I am proud to represent the West Indies for over 15 years in T20 and ODI format of the game,” Kieron Pollard said in a note on social media, announcing his retirement.
“In 2019 I was asked by Cricket West Indies to lead both the T20I and ODI West Indies teams, which to date is the highest honour bestowed on me and for which I will forever be grateful. As Captain I believe that I have led with passion, openness, courage and everything I could ever possibly give both on and off the field without ever compromising my principles and integrity,”
“I know some of my teammates believe that I am a hard taskmaster and I like to see things done professionally and that is true, but I also believe in being selfless and creating the environment for individuals and teams to succeed.
“Respect for my teammates has been a guiding principle of mind and in turn I have always felt that reciprocated. This made my job all the over the years, both as a player and as captain, and wish each of them continued success in the years ahead.”
“I can still vividly remember making my international debut in 2007 under my childhood hero, Brian Lara. Wearing those maroon colours and playing alongside such greats has been a privilege that I never took lightly, giving my heart and soul every facet of the game,” he said.
“Sometimes people see the role of a professional cricketer as being something glamorous and while there is that aspect of it, there are many sacrifices that sportsmen have to make to play at an international level. Being away from home and family has never been easy, but I can say that I have had the solid support of my family. My stepfather, mother, sister and other members of my family have stood by me and encouraged me over the years and most certainly helped to mould me into the person I am today while playing this beautiful game that I love.
“However, words cannot do justice to the unconditional love, and understanding of my dear wife, Jenna and our three children. I have been blessed to have them in my life. They provided the motivation for me to work even harder and to try to be the kind of person of whom they could be proud. I am looking forward to seeing more of my family and enjoying quality time with them as I bid farewell to this chapter of my life and move on to the next,” Pollard concluded.
The big hitting all-rounder will continue to play franchise cricket. He took over as West Indies captain in ODIs and T20Is after the 2019 World Cup and produced some impressive results.
Kieron Pollard played 123 ODIs, scoring 2706 runs and picking up 55 wickets. He was one of their finest T20I batters, having scored 1568 runs in 101 matches at a strike rate of 135.14. Pollard last played in India in February 2022. He was also a part of the West Indies squad which won the T20I World Cup in 2012 in Sri Lanka.