Surrey signs Kieron Pollard for the T20 Blast 2022

Kieron Pollard is set to make his Surrey debut against Gloucestershire at the Kia Oval on May 31, after the team announced the signing on Friday

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After a gap of more than a decade, West Indies' power-hitter Kieron Pollard will make his way back into county cricket. The West Indies white ball legend has signed with Surrey for the T20 Blast 2022. Meanwhile, he will be seen teaming up with fellow countryman Sunil Narine. They formerly played for their national team West Indies. Moreover, they have also played together in franchise T20 leagues like Dhaka Dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League, and Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League.

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Kieron Pollard has played for Somerset in 2011

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Several counties had approached Pollard after his international retirement for playing the T20 Blast. Meanwhile, Surrey was being the front-runner in this race. Sean Abbott's involvement in Australia's tour of Sri Lanka caused him to withdraw out of his commitment.

"It has been quite some time since I've played county cricket and I'm thrilled to be returning to the Vitality Blast competition in Surrey colors this year. The Kia Oval is a special place to play, especially in front of a full house. This Surrey side is full of talent and should certainly be mounting a challenge for the title. I hope that my experience will add a vital ingredient to the club's success this year."

Kieron Pollard said in a Surrey press release

Kieron Pollard is set to make his Surrey debut against Gloucestershire at the Kia Oval on May 31. The Surrey team announced the signing of Pollard on Friday. Pollard last played county cricket for Somerset in 2011, when his side was defeated in the final by Leicestershire. He was slated to play for Northamptonshire in 2020, but his contract was terminated owing to the Covid-19 epidemic.

His all-round ability will make a significant difference to the depth of the squad: Surrey Director

"We're very pleased to bring Kieron to the club. He brings an incredible range of skills as well as experience at the very highest level of the sport. His all-round ability will make a significant difference to the depth of the squad."

said Alec Stewart, Surrey's director of cricket

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Surrey has not won a single title since the inception of the tournament in 2003. Moreover, they also did not qualify for the knockouts last season. However, they are among the favorites to win it this year. The team will be missing some major players in the league. They will miss Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes, Jason Roy, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, and Reece Topley. All of them will be with their national teams, but the addition of Pollard and Narine has reduced their tension.

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