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Youthful gamers should produce higher numbers, urges Pollard

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — White-ball Captain Kieron Pollard has urged soul-searching on the a part of the area’s younger gamers, additionally stressing the necessity for them to elevate their performances in the event that they had been to persistently problem for spots within the worldwide facet.

West Indies selectors have reverted in current instances to a number of senior gamers within the twilight of their years, however Pollard contended this was as a result of youthful gamers had did not seize the alternatives earlier than them.

“[They need to] proceed to work arduous and churn out the numbers,” Pollard argued.

“Each time you get the chance to play cricket, churn out the numbers and stick your neck above the remaining. Typically you may really feel undone however if you go and look your self within the mirror, the solutions are literally going to be there.

“Have I accomplished sufficient or have I accomplished no matter it takes on a constant foundation to be on the worldwide group or representing West Indies at this stage? If you’re very, very sincere with your self, you’re going to get the solutions there after which,” Pollard added.

Younger gamers like Brandon King, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford and Hayden Walsh Jr have featured for West Indies within the shortest format in current sequence with out establishing themselves.

For the sequence towards Sri Lanka beginning right here Wednesday, selectors reverted to 41-year-old opener Chris Gayle and the 39-year-old quick bowler Fidel Edwards who has been out of worldwide cricket for almost a decade.

They’ve additionally endured with 37-year-old all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who was recalled in January final 12 months, with the 36-year-old Lendl Simmons additionally part of the squad.

Defending the shift towards veteran gamers, Pollard stated youthful gamers had not been constant sufficient in getting the eye of selectors.

“If it’s a must to decide guys scoring between 150 and 200 runs on a regular basis and there’s no one protruding their heads — I am simply speaking usually — [it’s difficult to select them],” he reasoned.

“If nobody is scoring 500 runs, 600 runs to say ‘decide me, I need to be chosen’, it boils all the way down to [picking] the perfect individual on the time limit.”

Nevertheless, Pollard contended the choice of 21-year-old off-spinner Kevin Sinclair was proof that consistency could be rewarded.

“Guys simply have to proceed doing that [being consistent] and the alternatives will current themselves,” he identified.

“Like younger Kevin Sinclair has been economical within the few video games he would have performed in Super50 within the final couple years with the Rising Staff even this 12 months as nicely… so he will get a chance now.

“So alternatives are there, alternatives are going to come back and issues are being seen so that you simply proceed to try this and attempt to be as constant as attainable and do what is important and never be strolling round saying and doing all these various things with a way of entitlement when the numbers are there or thereabouts for each individual,” Pollard ended.

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