Kieron Pollard Announces Retirement From International Cricket

West Indies limited-overs captain Kieron Pollard has retired from international cricket,
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West Indies limited-overs captain Kieron Pollard has retired from international cricket, announcing the decision on social media on Wednesday, a day before his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians' game against Chennai Super Kings.

"After careful deliberation, I've today decided to retire from international cricket," Pollard wrote on Instagram. "As is the case of many young persons, it was a dream of mine to represent the West Indies team from the time I was a boy of 10 years and I'm proud to have represented West Indies cricket for over 15 years in both the T20I and ODI forms of the game.

"I can still vividly remember making my international debut in 2007 under the leadership of my childhood hero, Brian Lara. Wearing those maroon colours and playing alongside such greats has been a privilege that I never took lightly, giving my heart and soul in every facet of the game - whether bowling, batting or fielding."

Pollard went on to call captaining West Indies "the highest honour bestowed" on him and that he led with "passion, openness, courage, and everything I could ever possibly give both on and off the field without ever compromising my principles and integrity."

With a T20 World Cup coming up later this year in Australia and an ODI World Cup next year in India, Cricket West Indies will now have to pick a new captain in both formats. Read more.

Kieron Pollard shown batting in 2010.

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