West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard is a targeting a national comeback for the 2019 World Cup after setting the stage on fire in IPL.
Pollard smashed a whirlwind 83 off 31 balls to help Mumbai Indians defeat Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday and hoped his long-standing issues with the West Indies board are behind him.
The 31-year-old last played an ODI in 2016 after falling out of favour under the previous Windies cricket board regime but is now more upbeat about his international future after the ouster of controversial board president Dave Cameron.
“There has been a lot of turmoil in West Indies cricket over the last couple of years. We have seen in the last couple of weeks there’s a change,” Pollard was quoted as saying by AFP.
“The most I can do every time I step on the cricket field is try to put runs on the board,” he added. “There’s people there who have the job to select and whatever and let’s see how that goes. As I said, I’m 31 years, Chris Gayle is still playing, he’s 39, and he’s whacking it all around.”
Pollard said with former team manager Ricky Skerritt taking charge, it could be start of a new era.
“We have a new chairman of selectors, there’s a new president of the cricket board, and as I said you take it as it comes,” said Pollard. “We know what we can do and I think Chris batted superbly. When your mind is free, you just go out and enjoy cricket.”
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