CPL 2021: Kieron Pollard to lead Trinbago Knight Riders in the upcoming season

West Indies limited-overs skipper Kieron Pollard is all set to lead the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the upcoming season of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The 33-year-old was handed over the leadership role in 2019 when Dwayne Bravo had to miss the entire tournament due to injury. During that year, TKR’s campaign ended with…

CPL 2021: Kieron Pollard to lead Trinbago Knight Riders in the upcoming season

West Indies limited-overs skipper Kieron Pollard is all set to lead the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the upcoming season of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The 33-year-old was handed over the leadership role in 2019 when Dwayne Bravo had to miss the entire tournament due to injury. During that year, TKR’s campaign ended with defeat against Barbados Tridents in Qualifier 2.

However, in 2020, TKR won all their 10 matches at the league stage and later went on to clinch the title. Pollard shined with 207 runs from 11 games at a strike rate of 204.95.

Overall, the Trinidadian has played 521 T20 matches, amassing 10,797 runs with 53 half-centuries and one hundred.

The 2021 edition of CPL will bowl out on August 28. All the matches will be played at Warner Park in St Kitts. Only 50% of the spectators at the 8000-seat venue will be allowed after presenting the vaccination proof.

Regarding the COVID-19 protocols, CPL Chief Executive Pete Russell made it clear that all players would not get vaccinated as proper isolating can do the job for them.

“We’re aware that we need to get people vaccinated where possible. That’s not always going to be the case, but that is a process that we’re undergoing right now, whether it’s [those] working for the CPL or playing [who] will be vaccinated. It’s not a requirement that they’ll be vaccinated because there will be quarantine options as well,” said Russell as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

Russell said they organised the CPL 2020 when the pandemic was quite new to everyone, and still, the tournament went without any trouble. He said the competition would also inspire people to get vaccinated so that they can come to the ground to watch matches.

“We were the first to lead back last year, so I think we led the way in terms of the protocols that we put in place that obviously have now become part of most events. We were the first large-scale cricket tournament back, and that went very successfully. You’ve seen that others have had their problems, so the planning and detail that needs to go into making these things happen is so important. I think to have the first fully vaccinated tournament is again just showing the world the way forward, and I’m sure that this will encourage people, certainly in the federation, to get their vaccines so that they can come and watch some great cricket” he added.

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Chris Morris reveals the horrendous environment ahead of the IPL 2021 suspension

After stalling the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, the overseas players had to fly back to their homes immediately. While the English players had a hotel booked for their quarantine, Australians were stranded as travel from India has been red-flagged by their Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Many of the Aussies took to the Maldives and…

Chris Morris reveals the horrendous environment ahead of the IPL 2021 suspension

After stalling the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, the overseas players had to fly back to their homes immediately.

While the English players had a hotel booked for their quarantine, Australians were stranded as travel from India has been red-flagged by their Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Many of the Aussies took to the Maldives and Sri Lanka, where they got their connecting flights for Down Under.

In such uncertainties, South African all-rounder Chris Morris reached his home safely on Thursday and took a sigh of relief before disclosing the dread of the situation.

Morris revealed how everyone had speculated the cancellation of the T20 extravaganza when the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) clash was cancelled on Monday.

“The moment we heard that, when players are testing positive, inside the bubble, then everyone starts asking questions. The alarm bells definitely started going off for all of us. By Monday when they postponed that game (KKR vs RCB), we knew the tournament was under pressure to continue,” Morris told IOL.

The Proteas star further added that it was RR team director Kumar Sangakkara who communicated to him about the suspension of the cash-rich league.

“I was chatting to our team doctor, whose room was across the hallway from my mine in the hotel, and Kumar (Sangakarra) came around the corner, and drew his finger across his throat, and then we knew it was over. And then it was chaos!” the 34-year-old asserted.

Adumbrating the chaotic environment, Morris revealed that initially, the English players didn’t have their quarantining accommodations ready for them.

“The England guys especially were panicking because they needed to isolate in hotels in England first, and apparently there weren’t any rooms,” the Pretoria-born divulged.

Concluding the interview, the highest-paid IPL player thanked Royals’ management.

“The Royals’ management were brilliant, they had their fingers on the pulse, made everyone feel as comfortable as possible.I know poor Gerald (Coetzee) was panicking a bit, I mean he’s only 20 and all this is going on. I tried to keep him under my wing a bit and made sure he was ready when the 12.30 am pick up came at the hotel. It was eerie, it was just a handful of us in that whole hotel at the time,” Morris added.

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