“If players don’t show attitude, they may be removed” – Kieron Pollard slams West Indies players’ lack of intent

West Indies began their tour of New Zealand with a 2-0 loss in the 3-match T20I series after the third match was washed out.

West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard with New Zealand skipper Tim Southee

The West Indies cricket team have had a torrid time at New Zealand so far as they have lost the 3-match T20I series by a 2-0 margin after the 3rd match was washed out. In the first T20I, West Indies blew a terrific start to lose 5 quick wickets for just 1 run. Their skipper Kieron Pollard then rescued them with a terrific exhibition of power hitting to take his side to a very good total which unfortunately did not prove to be enough.

In the second T20I, West Indies came face-to-face with an unstoppable Glenn Phillips who scored the fastest T20I hundred by a New Zealander to take his side to a huge total of 238. West Indies could only manage 166 in reply. Seeking a consolation win, West Indies came into the third match but rain played spoilsport.

‘Didn’t expect us to be outplayed this badly’ – Pollard

Kieron Pollard

Speaking to press after the match, Pollard spoke about being outplayed by New Zealand and said, “Obviously disappointed. As a unit, didn’t expect to be outplayed this badly. Onus was on us to compete and win the series. The conditions are totally different to where we come from. We didn’t have enough time to practice, to get middle wicket practice, like that, which is why it’s been hard to win in New Zealand.”

The skipper was then critical of his players’ fielding and their general attitude as he slammed the same. “Fielding is an attitude. That’s the only time it’s 11 vs 2 on the park. And if you don’t show the intent to want to do it, it’s going to be difficult. So as individuals, we have to look in the mirror. We don’t want to feel like laughing stocks in the dressing room. We have an opportunity now to think about it and come back. Next year is very crucial with the World Cup coming up. So if players don’t show that attitude, they may get the boot,” he said.

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