West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has lashed out at the selectors for dropping him from the team's squad for the tri-series in November. Pollard who was told that he was not "committed to batting" during the limited overs series against Pakistan has questioned the rationale behind his omission.
The big hitting 29-year-old called the decision to axe him funny, while also claiming that he would not campaign or do anything to convince the selectors to pick him, and instead would focus on looking after himself in the future.
"When chairman of selectors Courtney Browne notified me via email of my axing, I reminded him of why my exclusion was funny because during the Twenty20 and one-day series, the two of us had a long conversation, speaking about wanting to have guys such as myself around going forward in West Indies cricket," Pollard said, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
Pollard had a disastrous tour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with both bat and ball, scoring just 43 and bowling only two overs during the three Twenty20 games against Pakistan in September. He struggled in the ODI series that followed, scoring 42 and taking only one wicket in three games, a series which West Indies lost 3-0.
His poor performance in the series led former Pakistan fast-bowler Waqar Younis to slam him, calling on the team management to drop the all-rounder.
"A lot of people tend to say Pollard and many of us are mercenaries and have given nothing to West Indies cricket. While it's clear I don't have the stats or figures of a Brian Lara, nobody, as some were trying to suggest, can ever question my commitment or integrity while playing. Why would I wake up one morning and just decide I wouldn't want to try? Scoring runs is how I survive," the all-rounder added.
West Indies, who are currently in action against Pakistan in the Middle East, will travel to Zimbabwe in November to play a tri-nation series that includes Sri Lanka.