On Thursday, West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran called Kieron Pollard a “wonderful captain” as the defending champions faced a T20 World Cup survival battle against equally hapless Bangladesh.
The West Indies have lost both of their Super 12 matches so far, and another loss to Bangladesh on Friday will put an end to their chances of reaching the semi-finals.
They were bowled out for 55 against England, losing by six wickets, and then for 143 against South Africa, who won by eight wickets.
It’s a far cry from the exhilaration of their sensational last-over victory over England in 2016 final in Kolkata.
“We have a fantastic captain. “He knows what he’s doing,” said Pooran, one of his team’s under-performing batsmen with scores of one and twelve so far.
“Whatever he says goes, and we trust him to make some really good decisions for us to be successful tomorrow.”
Bangladesh has been equally unconvincing, losing a qualifier to Scotland before squeezing into the Super 12s, where they were defeated by Sri Lanka by five wickets and England by eight wickets.
Sharjah, with its short borders, is a tempting haven for the sport’s heavyweights.
Afghanistan scored 190 points against Scotland. Even Bangladesh made 171 before Sri Lanka easily surpassed the target in the Gulf venue.
It is, however, a spinner’s dream pitch.
Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman took 5-20 and Rashid Khan 4-9 against Scotland.
“Sharjah can be a tricky wicket,” Pooran admitted.
“However, we fully support all of the batsmen.” It makes no difference whether the batsmen are right or left-handed. We trust them to complete the task for us.
“As a team, we already accepted that we weren’t going to the party,” he added. And we’re looking forward to moving forward, where we hope to do much better.”