New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 24, 2023 19:14 IST
Defending champions England on Sunday, December 24 announced the appointment of Kieron Pollard to their coaching staff for the T20 World Cup in 2024. The former West Indies all-rounder will serve as assistant coach of the team, especially for the upcoming marquee tournament to be held in the West Indies and America in June next year.
The appointment of Kieron Pollard is a tactical move from England as the holders will look to exploit the legendary all-rounder’s knowledge of local conditions.
Pollard led West Indies in the 2021 T20 World Cup. The 2012 T20 World Cup champion retired from international cricket in April 2022 and then retired from the Indian Premier League later that year. Pollard continues to play franchise-based T20 tournaments and has also been a coaching member of teams in the past. Pollard has been with Mumbai Indians since the start of the 2023 IPL season as their batting coach.
“Pollard will join the England Men’s Special T20 World Cup Team as assistant coach and provide expertise on local conditions. Pollard has been part of the T20 World Cup success 2012 of the West Indies and has extensive experience in the format having played more than 600 matches,” the ECB said in a statement.
Kieron Pollard recently led New York Strikers to the title in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament, which ended on December 9. Pollard played 101 T20I matches and scored over 1,5000 runs and picked over 40 wickets in his glorious career.
It seems like England will not hesitate to prepare well for the T20 World Cup after their match. disappointing performance at the ODI World Cup in India this early year. England persisted with Jos Buttler as captain despite their mediocre performance in India.
Just earlier this month, England lost to West Indies in the 5-match T20I series despite coming back from 2-0 down.