Protests break out over Kieron Pollard’s appointment as Barbados captain for CPL

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The Barbados community is angry about the fact that a Barbadian is not leading the country’s CPL franchise

Protests have broken out amongst the Barbados community after West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard was appointed to lead the Barbados Tridents during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

“Street protests” were reported by the Nation News as the protesters were angry about the fact that Pollard, who is from Trinidad, is captaining Barbados’ CPL franchise instead of Barbadians in the team like Dwayne Smith and Kirk Edwards.

Wayne Cadogan, who led the protests, was quoted by the Nation News as saying: “I am no Pollard or Smith fan, but I am looking at the principle of the matter.”

Former minister of social transformation Hamilton Lashley also denounced Pollard for not being a true Barbadian.

“I have a great difficulty with a Trinidadian captaining the Barbados franchise in the upcoming CPL,” Lashley said. “They have retained the name Barbados, so I believe a Barbadian like Smith or Edwards should be captain. I feel it is fundamentally and psychologically wrong. It affects the psyche of some Barbadians.”

The only other CPL franchise which is captained by someone from another country is the Antigua Hawksbills, whose skipper is Jamaica’s Marlon Samuels.

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