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Lloyd supports Pollard's appointment

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:22 AMLennox Aldred - Gleaner Writer -

Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd says appointing Kieron Pollard as T20 and One Day International captain was a good choice by Cricket West Indies (CWI).

Speaking from his UK base, Lloyd told The Gleaner that he wholeheartedly supports the decision and that it was a good move at the right time for the West Indies, who needed someone with much more experience.

"Pollard's appointment was the best thing that Cricket West Indies could do right now, he has tons of experience playing all over the world and you can see in his leadership now in the CPL, that he is well-respected and he certainly will do a good job for the West Indies," outlined Lloyd.

Lloyd added that the move will not only benefit Pollard, but also long-standing former captain Jason Holder.

“This move will do Jason Holder a world of good as well, it will take a lot of pressure off him and he can concentrate on leading the Test team and give a better account of himself and the team,” Lloyd added.

Yesterday, Trinidadian Pollard was officially appointed the new T20 and One Day International captain for the senior men’s West Indies team.

Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt announced at a press conference in Trinidad and Tobago, which was attended by Pollard along with CWI vice president Kishore Shallow, Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams and CWI CEO Johnny Grave.

Pollard will immediately take over the reins from Barbadians Holder and Carlos Brathwaite and will have his first assignment with the regional side when they take on Afghanistan in the first T20 in November.

Skerritt added that the selection task force, headed by Dr Shallow, recommended Pollard based on his experience as part of the CWI's restructured selection system.

Pollard, who said he was surprised at the appointment, added that he was grateful for the opportunity and that he doesn’t foresee any problems working with Holder and the rest of the players.

“I’m truly honoured to be appointed captain of the West Indies and I would like to thank Cricket West Indies’ Board of Directors for placing their faith and confidence in me,” Pollard said. “I can’t wait to work with the coaching staff and players as we start building towards future World Cups and give the fans more reasons to get behind the team.”

As part of the new CWI restructured selection system, the senior men’s, senior women’s and regional youth teams will have three selectors to be led by an executive selector. Another new initiative put forward by the CWI is that of an analyst, who will be appointed to support each panel as the association moves towards a data-based selection policy.

Shallow outlined that the move was critical at this time owing to the declining performances of the regional sides, in particular, the white ball formats which needed solid leadership at this point.

Regional cricket commentator Barry Wilkinson shared his thoughts on the recent appointment.

“To be honest, Jason (Holder) had a very long run with limited success and the time was right to move on with a three to four-year plan in mind. I hope to see further commitment from Kieron (Pollard) and I suspect some other cricketers who are not active now, might somehow raise their heads with interest again. I just get that feeling, I hope it will be for the betterment of West Indies cricket, which needs a good story," said Wilkinson.