Pollard ready for new challenge at St Lucia Stars

By March 23, 2018
Kieron Pollard enters the new Hero CPL season with a lot of mixed emotions. Kieron Pollard enters the new Hero CPL season with a lot of mixed emotions.

After five years as captain of the Barbados Tridents, leading them to the title in 2014, Kieron Pollard has moved to the St Lucia Stars. He admits the transition to the new club will be an emotional one.

“There are mixed emotions,” Pollard said.

“Being with Barbados for five years getting to two finals and a semi-final, but we obviously didn’t qualify for the last two years which I think was disappointing. We were all disappointed about it but I feel at the end of the day I feel proud with what I have achieved with the Tridents.”

Notwithstanding the disappointments, he said that one of the things he is most pleased about is how Tridents players have progressed while playing for the franchise.

"Shoaib Malik came to our team and is now on the national team for the last five years, and he has been consistent in his national team as well. So these are the things that I look back at and I feel proud of,” he said.

“Look at young Nicholas Pooran coming in after his accident, coming back straight away into CPL and getting the opportunity to make the West Indies team. These are the things that make me sit and smile. The other things and the other distractions and everything else all comes with the territory, but I accept that.”

Last year was a tough one for the Tridents when a fifth-place finish meant they did not make the knockout stages.

“I will honestly say that the last couple of years it was disappointing for me personally. I wasn’t able to use my cricketing brains as much on the cricket field because of the amount of stuff going on off the field,” he said.

“By the time I got on to the cricket field you’re sort of mentally drained. When I look back and I give myself an honest assessment, in the first three years my captaincy decisions were on point but the last couple of years there were a lot of furore about a lot of different things that obviously we don’t really want to get into.

 “But it was disappointing for me, hence the reason why I was able to go to the management and tell them I have tried my best, it is what it is, I have enjoyed it, is it possible for me to move on? It didn’t matter to me which team I go to, it was just a matter of change and having that fresh mindset.”

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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