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WI skipper Pollard signs for Northants

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2020 | 12:13 AM
Pollard
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LONDON (CMC)

West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard is poised to turn out for Northamptonshire in this year’s Vitality Blast, after signing up for several games with the East Midlands outfit.

The 32-year-old all-rounder is set to play eight matches, starting from June 5 in the tournament, which runs from May 28 to September 5.

In addition to boosting Northamptonshire’s title chances, Pollard said he would be using the campaign to further hone his preparation for the T20 World Cup in Australia, starting in October.

“Now, visa criteria permitting, I see this as a wonderful opportunity to be back in England again playing in the action-packed Vitality Blast tournament. I want to thank Northants for welcoming me to their group of exciting players.” Pollard said.

“I know they have some amazing fans, and I look forward to entertaining them and bringing more success to the club.”

He added: ““Of course, as captain of the West Indies team and defending champions, I have one eye on the ICC T20 World Cup later this year in Australia, but I can assure you my focus will be 100 per cent on winning games for Northants when I arrive in June.”

Pollard is one of the most sought-after T20 players, having played extensively in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians, and also turned out in the Australian Big Bash and the Bangladesh Premier League.

Overall, he has played a record 499 Twenty20s and is just 34 runs shy of becoming only the second batsman to reach 10,000 runs in the format.