Legendary West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard is surprised and disappointed at the team’s premature exit from the T20 World Cup and says all parties must share the blame.
Two-time champions West Indies failed to qualify for the Super 12 leg of the T20 showpiece in Australia after suffering first-round defeats to Scotland and Ireland.
“A little surprised, to be honest, that (West Indies) weren’t able to cross the line against the other teams,” Pollard told i95.5fm, a Trinidad-based radio station.
“But again, that says a lot about where our cricket is at the moment. I feel it. I feel it for the guys because they are the ones who are going to get screwed. And it’s not all their fault. The elimination drew reactions from across the cricketing world.
Cricket West Indies chairman Ricky Skerritt issued a scathing statement, saying an ‘autopsy’ would be carried out immediately.
Australian legend Ricky Bridge called the once-great West Indies early exit from the tournament a “disgrace”.
Pollard said: “We have a young captain, we have young players, guys who would have only played a handful of T20 cricket (matches) and now they are in the World Cup.
“And when I look back I sit back and I have a smile on my face. Because I remember some of the things that were said last year around this time when some people didn’t been selected.
“I just had to remind those people that there was a World Cup we were going to (in 2021) and another bilateral series (in New Zealand). And now some of the individuals have the opportunity to go to the World Cup. And, again, look at what happened. It’s not their fault,” he said.
“But when we tried to kind of protect them and make people understand (in 2021) they weren’t ready for it, we were castigated. There were a lot of things that were said that were sometimes very derogatory. It is a sad day for West Indies cricket and for all of us.