Pollard defends West Indies veteran Twenty20 World Cup crew


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – Captain Kieron Pollard has defended the choice by selectors to incorporate a number of ageing stars for the Twenty20 World Cup, following West Indies’ botched defence of their title on Thursday.

The Caribbean facet suffered a 20-run defeat to Sri Lanka – their third defeat in 4 matches – to be eradicated from rivalry for the semi-finals nonetheless with a sport left towards Australia on Saturday.

West Indies boasted the likes of 42-year-old Chris Gayle, 38-year-old Dwayne Bravo, 36-year-old Lendl Simmons and Ravi Rampaul – additionally 36 – and who was recalled for his first worldwide task in six years.

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“We will have a look at all kinds [of reasons]. We will have a look at age, we are able to have a look at mobility, we are able to have a look at the whole lot in a detrimental gentle or no matter. However my query would have been, , what if it didn’t occur,” Pollard argued, moments after West Indies’ defeat.

Veteran Chris Gayle has managed solely 30 runs from 4 innings for the match.

“Clearly we’ve to face the truth that we weren’t adequate so I’m not going to take a seat right here and blame all these components. We’ll have our time the place we sit again and have a autopsy as to what really went incorrect.

“However , a few of these guys in all honesty have nonetheless carried out all over the world, and sure, as I mentioned, we have been disillusioned.”

Gayle was chosen regardless of a mean of 17 from 16 T20 Internationals this 12 months, and continued that wretched kind within the match with 30 runs from 4 matches.

Simmons has scraped 19 runs from two innings whereas Bravo and Rampaul have taken 4 wickets between them and had little influence on West Indies’ fortunes.

Pollard, whose kind has additionally been scratchy with a mere 46 runs from 4 innings, mentioned it was necessary West Indies didn’t second guess their selections.

“Once you have a look at it at sure occasions, when these guys will not be enjoying for us, we ask the query as to why,” Pollard identified.

“Now we have a possibility now – they’re enjoying for us. Okay, they didn’t carry out … [but] once you make selections you need to stand by [them] and you need to stick by it, be it good or unhealthy.

“For us, we aren’t going to harp on that. We decided of how we needed to play T20 cricket this 12 months and what we needed from the people, and it didn’t work. These items occur.

“Generally it’s higher to attempt to fail than fail to attempt. For us, I preserve saying we’re disillusioned and guys haven’t carried out and guys haven’t completed nicely, guys haven’t completed justice to their skills, we’ve not completed justice as a West Indies crew.

“So we take that on the chin and once more we transfer on. Now we have life and there’s loads of different various things we are able to take into consideration going ahead.”

Needing a victory on Thursday to maintain alive their slim hopes of reaching the ultimate 4, West Indies did not chase down a difficult 190, leaving them nonetheless fifth on two factors in Group 1 and solely above winless Bangladesh.

Shimron Hetmyer top-scored with an excellent unbeaten 81 whereas fellow left-hander Nicholas Pooran carved out 46 off 34 deliveries however they have been the one two batsmen to succeed in double figures.

“I believe it was batting observe. If we had type of restricted them to 170, 175, I assumed that was about par on this observe. We gave them a pair additional runs and we weren’t capable of end off the innings,” Pollard lamented.

“The batting has struggled all through your entire match. It has been disappointing. Clearly it’s one thing we’ve seen again and again, and it’s one thing that hasn’t helped us – the best way that we’ve batted all through the match and we simply have to simply accept we weren’t adequate.”

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