The Cape Cobras have been boosted by the news that all-rounder Kieron Pollard will be available to them in the domestic T20 series after all.
After fears that the West Indian wouldn’t be available because of an administrative issue, Pollard tweeted yesterday that he has been granted a No Objection
Certificate (NOC), which is required by all players around the world to feature for teams outside of their home country.
He tweeted: “NOC granted for both ram slam and big bash..!! Gonna use my god given talent was blessed with.”
One of the most destructive hitters in the shortest format, the 29-year-old made a serious impact in his first T20 campaign for the Cobras in the 2014/15
campaign, scoring 243 runs at an average of 81 and taking 14 wickets to help Paul Adams’ team clinch the title.
A knee injury suffered while fielding against the Knights in Paarl cut his tournament short to just four matches last year.
But Pollard nearly didn’t rejoin the Cobras this season after the WICB initially didn’t give him the clearance as they wanted to impose a new 20 percent levy — from the player’s fee — before the NOC would be granted.
Cobras CEO Nabeal Dien says SA Cricketers’ Association boss Tony Irish got involved, as well as the West Indies Players’ Association (Wipa).
A statement reads: “Wipa takes note of the position taken by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on the condition for issuance of a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to West Indian players.”
Meanwhile, Stiaan van Zyl will play county cricket for Sussex in 2017.