West Indian superstar Kieron Pollard will be joining Surrey to play in this year’s T20 Vitality Blast.
The big-hitting Trinidadian joins compatriot Sunil Narine at The Kia Oval to play alongside Surrey’s domestic stars, including new T20 captain Chris Jordan, Jason Roy and Sam Curran.
Pollard is returning from the IPL and will be available for selection from the second game of the Blast that sees Surrey take on Gloucestershire at The Kia Oval on Tuesday, May 31.
Pollard is a name known to cricket fans all over the world, having played more than 100 T20 internationals, including featuring in two T20 World Cup wins, and 123 ODIs where he has hit more sixes than any other West Indian except Chris Gayle.
He captained the West Indies white ball teams between 2019 and February 2022 when he retired from international cricket.
Best known for his remarkable ball-striking ability, Pollard has won five IPL titles with the Mumbai Indians and sits in fifth place on the most sixes of all time in the competition.
Pollard’s handy medium pace bowling has also taken 97 international wickets and he averages 25 runs per wicket in domestic T20 cricket.
Speaking after signing for Surrey, Pollard said: “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 colours 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.”
Alec Stewart, director of cricket at Surrey, said: “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.”
Surrey’s Vitality Blast season starts at home to Glamorgan on Friday, May 27. Tickets start from just £1 and are available at kiaoval.com.
Pictured top: Kieron Pollard bats during the 5th T20 International match between West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval on January 30, 2022 in Bridgetown, Barbados (Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)