Saturday, February 17, 2007

Pollard, a suitable boy!

By John Cheeran
The West Indies selectors have done what Dilip Vengsarkar has failed to do when picking their warriors for World Cup.
I’m talking about the unknown commodity in team selection.
The Inclusion of 19-year-old Trinidad allrounder Kieron Pollard, simply, is a stroke of selection genius.
But in India, I’m told, the cupboard is bare and there are no secret weapons available for the team management. Well, we will know once the World Cup fever passes over.
Pollard has kept out the likes of Darren Sammy and Runako Morton whereas in India holy cows such as Virender Sehwag are let to loiter the grassy outfield.
Pollard, who made his debut in the West Indies' domestic first-class and limited-overs competitions this year for Trinidad and Tobago, is a big-hitter.
It is interesting to listen to Gordon Greenidge, the convener of the West Indies selection committee.
"We've had a good look at Kieron Pollard over the last few matches in the Carib Series and the KFC Cup.
He impressed us all. Throughout the Caribbean, a lot of praise has been heaped on this young
man. Also being an unknown quantity - he is not known to the outside world who will be coming to compete in this World Cup. From what we've seen, we feel that he will add value to the team. His contribution in regional tournaments so far has been very good."
Pollard has hit 83 off 38 balls against Nevis to put Trinidad and Tobago into the final of the inaugural Stanford Twenty20 Cup in Antigua.
He had a century on his first-class debut against league champions Barbados in the opening match of the season, and produced another ton against the Leeward Islands.Will Pollard be the X factor if the two-time former champions regain the world of glory at their home grounds?

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