I’m no longer to play for MI then I cannot see myself playing against MI either – Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard has announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League ahead of the auction for the new season, in a statement; he explained that he decided to leave IPL as he doesn’t want to play against Mumbai Indians.
Kieron Pollard has announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League ahead of the auction for the new season. But he will continue with the Mumbai Indians family in his new role as batting coach.
However, Pollard, who was expected to be put back in the player pool by the franchise, after an ordinary 2022 season, went a step ahead by deciding to not play in the league at all. In a statement issued, Pollard explained why he decided to quit the T20 league.
Pollard, who remains an active cricketer outside the international arena, doesn’t have any plans to pull curtains on his playing career anytime soon. In a statement, the former West Indian all-rounder explained that he decided to leave IPL as he doesn’t want to play against Mumbai Indians.
“It hasn’t been the easiest decision to make as I will keep playing for a few more years, but I understand that this incredible franchise which has achieved so much needs to transition and if I’m no longer to play for MI then I cannot see myself playing against MI either. Once an MI always an MI. I am immensely proud, honored, and blessed to have represented the biggest and most successful team in the IPL for the past 13 seasons,”he said, explaining the decision.
“Most sincerely, I express my deep appreciation to Mukesh, Nita, and Akash Ambani for the tremendous love, support, and respect I have always felt and for the confidence, they placed in me. I recall our first encounter when they welcomed me with open arms saying, “We are family”. Those were not just mere words, but demonstrated by their every action throughout my time with Mumbai Indians,”he added.
Mrs. Nita. M. Ambani said
“For me, Pollard has exemplified what Mumbai Indians stand for – Khelenge Dil Khol Ke! Right! From Season 3, we have shared joy, sweat, and tears – those powerful emotions that forge lifelong bonds on and off the field. He has played an important role in the success of MI and has been a part of the winning side for both our Champions League trophies and all 5 IPL wins. We will miss seeing his magic on the field for MI, but I’m delighted that he will continue to play for MI Emirates, and also mentor young players as the batting coach for MI. May his new journey with MI and MI Emirates bring him even greater glory, triumph, and fulfillment. I wish him all the very best!”
Adorning the Blue and Gold, Pollard signed in 2010 for Mumbai Indians and has since become one of the greatest players of this generation, picking up 5 IPL and 2 champions league trophies with Mumbai Indians.