England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has included former West Indies captain Kieron Pollard in their coaching staff for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20I World Cup 2024, which is scheduled to be played in West Indies and United States of America (USA).
England roped in Pollard to help them with local knowledge of the conditions in the Caribbean during their defence of the T20 World Cup title which they won in 2022 under Jos Buttler.
“Pollard will join the England Men’s team specifically for the T20 World Cup as an assistant coach and to provide expertise of local conditions,” said ECB in a press release.
Notably, England won their first ICC trophy in the West Indies by defeating arch-rivals Australia in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2010 under Paul Collingwood.
Meanwhile, West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard is a veteran in T20 cricket, having played 637 matches and amassing over 12000 runs at an impressive strike rate of 150.58.
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Pollard has also picked over 300 wickets in T20 cricket at an average of 25.19.
He is the only player to play more than 600 T20 games and the third-highest run-scorer in T20 cricket.
Pollard was also part of the West Indies squad during their victorious ICC T20 World Cup 2012 campaign in Sri Lanka.
He has also served as the batting coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians since 2022, after winning five IPL titles with them as a player.
Meanwhile, England have recently concluded their tour of the Caribbean, where they lost the ODI series 2-1 and the T20I series 3-2 against the West Indies.