Windies captain Pollard suffering from thigh strain, to be assessed ahead of crucial Sri Lanka match on Thursday

By November 01, 2021

West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard suffered a muscle injury to his left thigh in the match against Bangladesh and will be assessed ahead of their crucial T20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

On Friday, the 34-year-old Pollard walked off the field in the 13th over of the West Indies innings against Bangladesh but returned later to smash the last ball of the inning for six runs that proved to be crucial in the context of the Caribbean side’s narrow three-run win.

The nature of the injury remained unclear even after vice-captain Nicholas Pooran offered assurances in his post-match comments that the team captain was okay.

"He looks fine; the medical team is still working with him but he should be okay. You can see why he's a wonderful leader, walking back in to hit that last-ball six. We try to be someone like that in the future," Pooran said.

However, CWI, in a brief statement on Monday, shed further light on the health of the captain.

“Kieron Pollard sustained a muscle injury to his left thigh in the match against Bangladesh,” the statement said.

“Today (Monday) is the squad’s first training session since that encounter. Pollard is training and being assessed by the medical staff, with the aim of being ready for the match against Sri Lanka on Thursday.”

The West Indies will have to defeat Sri Lanka and Australia to have any chance of advancing to the semi-finals of the tournament after losing to both England and South Africa in their first two matches.

The West Indies are defending champions having won ICC T20 World Cup titles in 2012 and 2016.

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