Still have the drive and burning desire to play cricket: Kieron Pollard | Cricket News



DUBAI: In Rohit Sharma’s absence, West Indies all-around star Kieron Pollard has coached the Mumbai Indians on several occasions. In the DP World ILT20played in the United Arab Emirates, Pollard has been given a full-time charge as captain of MI Emirates and the versatile braggart is ready for the new challenge.
“I personally still have the will and the burning desire to play cricket which keeps pushing me. As a leader I will continue to guide these guys because they have played cricket before and that is the reason what they are here for. So it’s about putting all the pieces of the puzzle together and playing some exciting cricket that MI are known to play,” Pollard said ahead of MI Emirates’ opener against the Sharjah Warriors. Saturday.
“The pressure is always there, whether it’s any franchise. Having experience of being with Indians in Mumbai for some time, I know what is needed,” he said.
Pollard has been associated with Mumbai Indians since 2010 and was a permanent face for them until 2022. After playing 13 seasons with the Mumbai-based franchisee, Pollard will be seen in a new role in IPL 2023 – batting coach to five-time IPL champions. He scored 3412 runs and took 69 wickets for the Mumbai Indians.
Pollard will be considered the full-time captain of MI Emirates in the inaugural DP World ILT20 season. In addition to Pollard, the team has the likes of fellow all-around star Dwayne Bravo, Craig Overton, Samit Patel, Trent Boult, Nicholas Pooran, Imran Tahir and Andre Fletcher.
“It’s always a challenge when you have less time to get together and plan a new tournament. Once you are clear and specific about what you want, it becomes quite simple. It’s just a matter of understanding and easing the pressure on the boys of the new franchise so they can understand their roles. We basically break it down for them,” he said.



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