GLOBAL T20 LEAGUE
Cricbuzz Staff •
“Every year I come back to South Africa and I am made to feel incredibly welcome.” © Getty
Windies allrounder Kieron Pollard has been chosen to lead Bloem City Blazers in the inaugural Global T20 League, the franchise’s head coach Phil Simmons confirmed on Thursday (October 5). “Polly is a World Cup winning player and has won numerous T20 domestic titles across the globe; his leadership is a vital asset to the Bloem City Blazers,” Simmons said.
“He brings with him a deep understanding of the game and the energy and passion to inspire the squad in our first attempt at T20 Global League success.”
Pollard, who is widely regarded as one of the leading T20 players in the world, is currently the captain of Caribbean Premier League franchise Barbados Tridents. He has also previously led Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, albeit not on a full-time basis.
“I’m honoured to be leading this immensely talented group of players,” Pollard said following the announcement. “Every year I come back to South Africa and I am made to feel incredibly welcome. The T20 Global League is a new and exciting competition and looking at the squad we’ve put together I’m confident our brand of cricket will light up Bloemfontein and give the fans cause to cheer.
“I’ve either played with or against most of the guys so they’ll be familiar with how I lead a group. If we perform our roles and show the fighting spirit from the outset we will be formidable opponents. I can’t wait for the first game.”
David Miller, Chris Jordan, Dwayne Smith and Ryan ten Doeschate are some of the other high-profile names in the squad apart from Pollard. Blazers will begin their campaign with a home game against Cape Town Knight Riders on November 5.