Kieron Pollard, the West Indies allrounder, has been ruled out of the inaugural edition of the Big Bash League due to a hamstring injury. Pollard, who was part of the Adelaide Strikers team, injured his right hamstring while fielding on Thursday and scans revealed a grade two strain. Alfonso Thomas is likely to take his place in the playing XI.
"Our plan was always to rotate the international players, and now with our additional signing, it means Alfonso Thomas is able to slot straight into the team," Darren Berry, the Strikers coach, said. "We are obviously disappointed to lose Polly and his firepower in our middle order, but we won last year's T20 competition (South Australia) and have proven we can win without him."
Pollard struck form with the bat recently, scoring his maiden international century, an innings that included 10 sixes, against India in Chennai. The South Africa offspinner Johan Botha is also part of the Strikers squad. "The arrival of Johan Botha from South Africa is great news for us, and we regard him as one of the finest T20 players in the world," Berry said. "The two international players [Botha and Thomas] we have already in the squad, along with the rest of our local stars who formed a large part of the winning team last year, will hold us in good stead."
The Strikers play their first game on December 18 against Melbourne Renegades.