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West Indies’ Kieron Pollard celebrates after bowling the delivery in which Darren Bravo (not pictured) caught South Africa’s Colin Ingram (not pictured).
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West Indies ODI and Twenty20, Captain Kieron Pollard says players should use the break from competition because of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak, to reflect on their careers and how they can do better.

While acknowledging the health, economic and other implications of the spread of the virus which has reached the Caribbean and forced the cancellation and postponement of several sporting events, Pollard pointed out the silver lining in the situation for cricketers.

He said it is a good time for introspection, a good time for reflection, “ah good time for you to look at where you are as an individual in your career and what you want to achieve going forward.”

West Indies’ Shakera Selman, left, celebrates catching out England’s Danni Wyatt during their Women’s T20 World Cup cricket match in Sydney, Sunday, March 1, 2020.Associated Press / Rick Rycroft, File

“You have to take this time in order to do that and also keep yourself in good physical shape and mentality as well because when the bell rings and they say okay, everything is back to normal and we need to go on tour, it might not be enough time to be prepared but you as an individual has to be prepared mentality in order for you to try and perform at your best,” he told a radio station in Trinidad.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) recently announced that given the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region the season have been delayed for 30 days. The suspension took effect two weeks ago.

The decision affected the final two rounds of the West Indies Championships, the Women’s Super50 Cup in Guyana and two youth tournaments in Trinidad.