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Pollard ruled out of BBL|05

25 November 2015

The Adelaide Strikers have suffered a cruel blow ahead of the upcoming Big Bash League with international signing Kieron Pollard ruled out of the competition after suffering a knee injury.

Pollard, who plays with the Cape Cobras sustained the injury while turning quickly to field a ball in South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge earlier in the week.

Despite returning to bat in the second innings and finishing the match unbeaten on 22, Pollard was later ruled out for the rest of the tournament and the upcoming BBL season after having scans.  

The West Indies international will now fly over to the United States where he will consult a specialist to determine the extent of the injury sustained.

SACA High Performance General Manager, Tim Nielsen said the news of Pollard’s injury was devastating to the team.

“This is obviously terrible news and our first concern is that Kieron can make a full recovery from his injury,” said Nielsen.

“He’s become a regular at Adelaide Oval and I’m sure both our fans and players will be devastated not to see him in Strikers colours.”

After announcing the signing of English leg-spinner Adil Rashid last week, the Strikers will now have to find another international signing to replace Pollard.

“Kieron is a unique player because he has all-round ability as a batsman, bowler and fielder, so it’s going to be difficult to replace him but we’re investigating all options and will try to find the best fit for the team.”

“Our first match against the Melbourne Stars is less than four weeks away now, so there’s a lot of work to do but we’re confident we can find a suitable replacement.”

In addition to the international replacement signing, the Strikers also have two local signings still to be announced.