The injury to Dwayne Bravo that kept him out of the 2019 edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League and saw Kieron Pollard replace him as captain of the Trinbago Knight Riders may have been fortuitous.
Pollard had big shoes to fill, as Bravo had led the TKR to back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018.
The big West Indies captain, the most experienced T20 player in the history of the format, lost to eventual champions Barbados Tridents in the second qualifier for the competition’s final in 2019.
Still, he has retained his position as skipper in the team and has the blessing of his predecessor.
CEO of the TKR, Venky Mysore, revealed recently that Bravo, though very successful as captain of the team, had, for a long time, wanted to pass the baton, but he had delayed the action.
“The champion DJ Bravo has been coming to me year after year and asking me to give someone else the captaincy because he wants to just concentrate on playing and enjoying the game,” said Mysore.
Bravo, who recently came out of international retirement, has also played under Pollard for the West Indies and has lauded his approach to captaincy.
“I always told him not until I am ready and that time has come and he is very happy to play under Pollard,” said Mysore.
The TKR will open the CPL season against last year’s beaten finalists, the Guyana Amazon Warriors on August 18.
“Pollard was kind enough to accept the position to lead the team at the tournament. He said if we wanted him to do it he will and we said that we will be delighted to have him as captain again,” said Mysore.