PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidad And Tobago Red Force has strengthened its side for this weekend’s clash against Windward Islands Volcanoes, with the inclusion of West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard.
The 27-year-old will suit up for his first WICB Professional Cricket League match of the season, replacing injured fast bowler Shannon Gabriel.
Convenor of selectors Alec Burns said Pollard’s presence would mean a lot to the squad, especially the younger players.
“He is fit and we think he can bring a lot to the team, not only with his skill but also with his personality … he has a wealth of experience and he will definitely be a big boost for the team,” the Trinidad Express quoted Burns as saying.
“The youngsters will gravitate towards him and we have a lot of young players in this team so we decided that we needed some more experience to help guide the players.”
Pollard has not played a first class match since last April. He was recently left out of the West Indies team for the World Cup along with fellow Trinidadian Dwayne Bravo, in a controversial move by selectors.
He is one of two changes to the squad with Jeremy Solozano returning in place of the Evin Lewis who has been rested after low scores in the last game against Jamaica Franchise.
Red Force clash with Volcanoes at the National Cricket Centre in the eighth round clash starting Friday.
The hosts have struggled this season and lie fifth in the six-team standings on 47 points. Volcanoes, in contrast, have thrived and are third on 80 points and just two adrift of second placed Barbados Pride.
Guyana Jaguars are runaway leaders on 107 points.
SQUAD – Rayad Emrit (captain), Jeremy Solozano, Imran Khan, Kjorn Ottley, Jason Mohammed, Yannic Cariah, Kieron Pollard, Steven Katwaroo, Marlon Richards, Akeal Hosein, Daniel St. Clair, Yannick Ottley, Derone Davis.