Pollard wants to make the step up

WORMSLEY, England -- West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard is hoping to make an impact and contribute to the overall team success in the upcoming International Cricket Council’s World Twenty20 2009 Tournament.

The powerfully built 22-year-old is capable of explosive hitting, and is also a steady seam bowler. He is aiming to be on top of his game in all departments during the tournament which runs from June 5-21.

Pollard played a role on Saturday – making 18 from 12 balls at a crucial stage and taking two wickets -- as the Windies beat Ireland by five wickets in their unofficial warm-up match. Playing at the picturesque John Paul Getty Ground in Wormsley, the West Indies made 120-5 off 17.5 overs in reply to Ireland’s 119 all out.

“I see myself as being an asset to the team especially if I have to come in late in the innings when the team requires me to get on with the game. It is matter of me being confident and believing in myself and doing the job that I’m asked to do,” Pollard said.

“I am feeling pretty well at the moment and I’m happy with the way I’m batting. My bowling is also going well. I try to take the pace off and always aim to stay one step ahead of the opposing batsmen.”

He added: “I have not really done anything spectacular on the world stage so far, so this tournament could be an opportunity to me to step up and make a name for myself. This could be the start of it. It is a matter of going out there and doing my best for West Indies cricket.”

On Saturday, another allrounder Darren Sammy was the best bowler with 2 for 8 from his four overs, while pacer Lionel Baker took 3 for 26 at the start of the Ireland innings. In the batting, Andre Fletcher made a run-a-ball 22, Lendl Simmons cracked 21 and skipper Denesh Ramdin made 24 not out off 22 balls with a six over deep point which ended the match.

The West Indies will have their official warm-up matches against Ireland at the Oval on June 2 and England at Lord’s on June 3. The first tournament match will be against Australia at the Oval on June 6 followed by a meeting with Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge on June 10.