Pollard calls for second T20 tourney

West Indies v South Africa – ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Group B
Former West Indies’ Captain, Kieron Pollard.
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West Indies Captain, Kieron Pollard says the region needs another Twenty20 tournament in order to properly develop the next generation of players.
He urged young West Indies players to think bigger than the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Speaking in the wake of the Caribbean side’s failed campaign at the recent Twenty20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi, Pollard stressed the value of raising performance standards and said playing in other global T20 tournaments allowed players to further enhance their skills.
Pointing to the CPL — the Caribbean’s premier domestic T20 franchise tournament — Pollard said the showpiece was “recycling” the same players each year and discussions needed to take place among stakeholders on establishing another competition aimed at unveiling new talent.
“When we had the Caribbean T20, that was an opportunity for people to bring in new talents from different parts of the Caribbean and we are able to have a sort of nucleus for this last generation also,” he added
West Indies arrived at the World Cup tournament as reigning champions but saw their title defense fall flat, losing four of their five matches to finish fifth of six teams in Group 1 with two points.

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