West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard feels the dispute between some senior players and the cricket board needs to be sorted out as quickly as possible otherwise Caribbean cricket cannot improve.
“It’s really disappointing to see the players at loggerheads with the board,” Pollard said. “At some point of time, I believe, they will come to an agreement. That should be soon. The best way is to come to an agreement and take West Indies cricket forward. The board and the players have to work hand in hand.”
The West Indies Cricket Board recently hit out at Chris Gayle for opting to play in the Indian Premier League at a time when the one-day series against Pakistan was on at home. Gayle, in turn, lashed out at the board for omitting him from the squad on ground that he was unfit.
Asked about his own presence in the IPL playing for the Mumbai Indians, Pollard said it was an agreement he had worked out with the board much earlier. “I’ve been watching all the games between West Indies and Pakistan. As a matter of fact, from ball one till the end. It is not the matter of me being sad or disappointed,” he added.
On whether it was difficult for him to keep himself motivated despite not getting too many chances to perform with the bat in the IPL, Pollard said: “To be honest it was fantastic, watching Sachin Tendulka bat and the others bat. It is a team effort. It was just a matter of time that I keep my focus. Whenever, my opportunity came I had to capitalise on it.
Pollard said he was surprised that Mumbai Indians’ owners had decided to retain him but added that he felt no additional pressure because of this decision.
“You can say I was a bit surprised. It was something I did not see coming. I played for Mumbai and enjoyed it. The owner Neeta Ambani and Sachin kept faith in me. They are asking something from you as a player. If the team wins I don’t think there is any pressure.
“I try to learn from the experienced guys around me like Sachin Tendulkar, Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh. A lot of these experienced players in the IPL have played international cricket before. So I have to pick their brains and put it into use from my perspective and relate.”