I am ready to bat at any position: Pollard

Chennai: Explosive West Indian batsman Kieron Pollard says he would love to bat up the order to score more runs but has no qualms in batting at any slot the team management decides during the Champions League Twenty20 main round which begins on Friday.

"Any cricketer would love to grab the opportunity to bat high up the order and try to maximize the time. Having said that there are eleven players going out there. It is the team management in their appointed time decides on these matters," Pollard said today ahead of his side`s match against Mumbai Indians on September 24.

"Whatever the position that I am slotted into, I will do my best and see we qualify for the semifinals this year," he said when asked if he would you prefer to make 30-40 runs in 16 balls instead of batting up the order.

He said the team management will take a call later on who would lead the side in place of injured Sachin Tendulkar.

"The team management is still holding discussions on this (captaincy) and they will make an official announcement tomorrow.”

"Preparations have been pretty good. I joined the team a couple of days ago but the boys have been preparing at camps in Baroda and Bangalore. They have training hard and looking forward to the competitive matches. Hopefully, we can go out in the middle and perform to our abilities," said Pollard.

Asked about the team strategy in absence of Tendulkar, Pollard said, "Obviously, Sachin is an important person in our team. Having said that, he has passed on his knowledge for years having played in the IPL. Guys have learnt a lot from him.

"We will have a game plan from the first game and then we will see how that plan works and try to improve each and every game as we go forward," said the 24-year-old all-rounder from Trinidad.

Bureau Report

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