West Indies: Keiron Pollard, West Indies all-rounder cricketer, bids farewell to International Cricket. While saying bye to the format, he stated, “After careful deliberation, I have today decided to retire from international cricket”.
Pollard shared a memory lane of his experience in a letter to the general public. He stated, “As is the case for many young persons, it was a dream of mine to represent the West Indies team from the time I was ten (10) years, and I am proud to have represented West Indies cricket for over 15 years in both the T20i and ODI forms of the game.”
He further remembered his 2007 debut under the leadership of his childhood ‘hero,’ Brain Lara.
Furthermore, he proudly said, “Wearing those maroon colours and giving my heart and soul in every facet of the game – whether bowling, batting or fielding, was a privilege.”
He also paid respect to his teammates, who have been his guiding principle. Pollard added that his job was more enjoyable and rewarding because of his teammates. “I am ever thankful to all my teammates over the years, both as a player and as captain, and wish each of them continued success in the years ahead”.
He further extended thanks to various selectors, management teams and his coach Phil Simmons for seeing potential in him and his faith in him throughout his career.
He further added, “I stepped up to take on the challenge of leading the team. I wish to express my sincere thanks as well as appreciation to the President of AWI, Mr Ricky Skerrit, for his unwavering support and encouragement, especially during his time as captain.”
Pollard concluded his letter and said, “As I move on and make room for those who will carry the game forward in West Indian colours, know that I will always be supported in whatever way I can. It was with profound gratitude for living my dream, and I now raise my bat in salute to all that is West Indies cricket.”
Many legendary cricketers shared special messages for the legendary cricketer.