'Waah, jinhe khud ki team me jagah nahi milti thi'- Fans react as England appoint Kieron Pollard as assistant coach

Pollard is one of the most feared and respected cricketers in the world, and his impact on the T20 format has been immense. His expertise will be vital for England as they chase T20 glory again.

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Pollard's role will be important as the World Cup is just around the corner

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The legendary Kieron Pollard has been appointed as the assistant coach of the England side ahead of the 2024 T20 World Cup. The explosive all-rounder, who announced his retirement from international cricket in May 2022, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the English camp, particularly when it comes to navigating the unfamiliar territory of the West Indies and the USA, where the tournament will be held.

"Former West Indies captain Kieron Pollard has been appointed to the England Men's coaching team for next year's T20 World Cup in the West Indies and United States," the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a media release.

Pollard's appointment is a strategic move by England, aiming to gain an edge in conditions he knows like the back of his hand. The powerful hitter spent 15 years representing the West Indies, playing in 224 international games. He also has rich experience while playing in T20 leagues around the world. His knowledge of local pitches, weather patterns, and the nuances of Caribbean cricket will be invaluable to the English team, hoping to adapt quickly in a bid to defend the title that they won in 2022.

England are the defending T20 World Cup champions

Recently, Pollard's leadership prowess shone brightly as he steered the New York Strikers to victory in the fast-paced Abu Dhabi T10 League. His powerful hitting and tactical acumen proved instrumental in their triumphant campaign. 

England will go into the 2024 T20 World Cup as defending champions but their recent performances in white-ball cricket have been absolutely horrendous. The team endured a terrible run in the ODI World Cup in India as they failed to qualify for the semi-finals despite starting as favourites. They just managed to end in the top-eight to confirm qualification for the 2025 Champions Trophy which was also at risk at one point in time. Their form in T20s has also been poor with the series defeat against the West Indies being the latest debacle.

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