Kieron Pollard decides to remain with Mumbai Indians but as Coach!

Kieron Pollard retired from being player as Mumbai Indians decided to release him and decided to stay as batting coach from now on for the Franchise.

Kieron Pollard decides to retire as player but become Coach for MI
Kieron Pollard decides to retire as player but become Coach for MI

West Indies all-rounder, Kieron Pollard has decided to show great example of loyalty towards his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, MI. IPL 2023 retention list by IPL teams have been announced and Kieron Pollard made headlines with his decision.

In his note to press, Kieron Pollard wrote, “It hasn’t been the easiest decision to make as I intend to keep playing for a few more years, but following discussions with Mumbai Indians I have decided to call time on my IPL career. I understand that this incredible franchise which has achieved so much needs to transition and if I’m NO longer to play for MI then I cannot see myself playing against MI either. ‘Once an MI always an MI’.

Kieron Pollard in a long note stated that he will stay with Mumbai Indians only
Kieron Pollard in a long note stated that he will stay with Mumbai Indians only

This is not an emotional goodbye to MI however as I have agreed to take up the role of batting coach in the IPL as well as play for MI Emirates. This next chapter of my career is genuinely exciting and allows me to transition myself too from playing to coaching.

I am immensely proud, honoured and blessed to have represented the biggest and most
successful team in the IPL for the past 13 seasons. It was always an aspiration to play for
this fantastic team and although I will miss the buzz of the IPL you get as a player, I take
comfort in knowing that I have been fortunate enough to have played with some of the
best players in the world in front of our passionate fans. I have always felt and appreciated
their unconditional support both on and off the field. Together, we won the Champions
League in 2011 and 2013 and the IPL in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020.

I must give big thanks to the Coaches, Managers and other backroom support staff we
have had at Mumbai Indians and who I now join. We would not have achieved the success
over the years without their continuing hard work, dedication and commitment to
creating the best environment and I look forward to emulating their successful approach.
In particular I would like to pay special tribute to my good friend Robin Singh for his sound
advice and guidance over the years and whose very shoes I now fill.

Most sincerely, I express my deep appreciation to Mukesh, Nita and Akash Ambani for
their tremendous love, support and respect I have always felt and for the confidence they
placed in me. I recall our first encounter when they welcomed me with open arms saying,
“We are Family” . Those were not mere words but demonstrated by their actions
throughout my time with Mumbai Indians.

Lastly, I would like to say a special thank you to my friends and family especially my wife
Jenna and my three beautiful children for all the love, support and the many sacrifices they
have made over the years and will continue to make to allow me to fulfil my childhood
dream of playing cricket at the highest levels for such a long time.

Today I make this step with hope and excitement towards the future knowing that I will be playing a role in the institution. whose values align so closely to mine, where “We Are Family”. ”

After this decision by Kieron Pollard, Mumbai Indians are now left with a purse of Rs.20.55 crores for IPL Mini Auction 2023. Mumbai Indians have had a bad season in IPL 2022 and they want to change that result in 2023, as they are the most successful franchise in IPL, over the years.

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