Pollard ruled out of Ram Slam and BBL


West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been ruled out of the Ram Slam T20 in South Africa, as well as the Big Bash League in Australia, after he picked up a knee injury while playing for the Cobras.

Pollard was the Cape Town side's star import, but he injured his knee while fielding against the Knights on Tuesday. He will be going back to the Caribbean for treatment.

Paul Adams, the Cobras coach, said of the news: "We are severely disappointed about the loss of a stalwart like Kieron.

"Kieron has given his all. The fact that he went out to bat after he got injured, underlines his dedication and commitment to the team. He has been an inspiration to the whole squad."

Meanwhile Adelaide Strikers must now find a new player to replace Pollard, with South Australia performance manager Tim Nielsen saying: "This is obviously terrible news and our first concern is that Kieron can make a full recovery from his injury.

"He's become a regular at Adelaide Oval and I'm sure both our fans and players will be devastated not to see him in Strikers' colours.

"Kieron is a unique player because he has all-round ability as a batsman, bowler and fielder, so it's going to be difficult to replace him but we're investigating all options and will try to find the best fit for the team.

"Our first match against the Melbourne Stars is less than four weeks away now, so there's a lot of work to do but we're confident we can find a suitable replacement."