CPL

St. Lucia Stars, Pollard pursue fresh start together

By March 23, 2018
Kieron Pollard and Hero CPL franchise St. Lucia Stars pursue fresh start together for the upcoming season. Kieron Pollard and Hero CPL franchise St. Lucia Stars pursue fresh start together for the upcoming season.

 

Pollard is feeling very positive about the move to St Lucia Stars where he will be captain. It was a tough year for the St Lucian side in 2017 as they didn’t get a single win on the board. There is a chance for a fresh start for the franchise and for Pollard.

“The move to the St Lucia Stars is a positive one and it is a situation where the Stars have not been doing well. I look at it going into it thinking it can’t get any worse. So for me, the only way is to get better and going there and having the likes of Daren Sammy and Andre Fletcher,” he said.

“Sammy is a West Indies World Cup-winning captain on two occasions and having that experience is great. I think it’s just a matter of trying to get things together.”

There are a lot of new players with the St Lucia Stars now, as the franchise looks to turn things around after a very difficult year. Pollard is feeling positive about the squad he will be leading in 2018.

“It’s refreshing to have a lot of new faces. I just want to say the first year in CPL when we selected the franchise team for Barbados there was a lot of young guys in there. You had young Mayers, you had Riefer. There was Kirk Edwards and Carlos Brathwaite. All those guys who were relatively young in the Barbados set-up – they were not actually playing at that certain time. We didn’t go with the regulars like Sulieman Benn and Fidel Edwards,” Pollard reasoned.

“It’s a great feeling going into the Stars, and you’re going into the unknown. There is an Afghani guy (Qais Ahmad) there that no one would have seen, there’s young Rakheem Cornwall who has done well. And yes, we had our thing, an altercation on the cricket field, but as I said in a previous interview if he actually tells you what I told him it was for his benefit for him going forward and playing for the West Indies. It looked like a tirade, it look like a rant, but afterwards I spoke to him on Whatsapp, I spoke to him after that, we have a good relationship and now I’m going to play with him.”

 While one big challenge for Pollard is turning things around at the Stars, there is another one looming on the horizon – captaining Daren Sammy at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.

 “It is what it is. At the end of the day, we are all professionals and it’s good to have Daren Sammy in the Daren Sammy ground and not playing against him! Because if you’re coming up against Daren Sammy in the Daren Sammy Stadium and he is captaining the St Lucia Stars then the whole crowd is going to be against you,” he said.

 “We are all experienced campaigners, we have had a lot of chats about cricket, about going forward and things like that. You play cricket for 15 or 20 years, but friendships, honesty and living with people last longer than actually playing on the cricket field. Those are the things that we are going to use to bond the team. Get guys playing for each other and the results will take care of themselves. It can be good, it can be bad, but the main thing is when you finish you have given 100 percent. You have tried your best and you feel you have eliminated all the background things.”

 

Leighton Levy

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