ILT20: We believe in a high level of performance at MI franchise, even under pressure, says Pollard
MI Emirates will close the horns of Sharjah Warriors on Saturday during their ILT20 campaign opener.
“It’s always a challenge when you have a shorter time to get together and plan a new tournament. But once you know clearly and precisely what you want, it becomes quite easy. It’s just a matter of understanding and the take the pressure off the guys in the new franchise so they can understand their role. We kind of break it down for them,” said Pollard, who has also led Mumbai Indians on several occasions.
Pollard captained the West Indies and also MI and is looking forward to his new role at MI Emirates as leader.
“Personally I still have the drive and burning desire to play cricket that keeps pushing me. As a leader I will continue to guide these guys because they have played cricket before and that is why they are here. is a matter of putting all the pieces of the puzzle together and playing an exciting cricket that MI is known to play,” said the veteran all-rounder, referring to the aggressive cricketing style of the Mumbai Indians.
While the 35-year-old exudes confidence for being a part of the MI franchise’s successful journey in India, he also understands the responsibility expected of him in representing the MI brand in the UAE.
“There’s always pressure whether it’s a franchise. But yes, more so for this franchise, because we believe in a high level of achievement. With the experience of being here (with Mumbai Indians) for a while, I know what’s I think[management]did a really good job with the composition of our team and tried to cover all the pieces,” Pollard said in a press release.
Under Pollard’s leadership, MI Emirates also promises competitiveness for its fans.
“Personally, I still have the drive and burning desire to play cricket that keeps pushing me. From the team’s perspective, the ultimate goal is to win the tournament, but the first step is to get into the tournament, in get to the competitive mode, get to the playoffs and then you go for the title”, he concluded.
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