Windies' Pollard becomes first cricketer to play 400 T20 matches

He is head and shoulders above the player with the second-most number of T20 matches.

Mumbai Indians is one of the franchises which Kieron Pollard plays for.   -  AFP

Playing for the Adelaide Strikers on Monday in the Australian Big Bash League, against Melbourne Renegades, West Indies' Kieron Pollard became the first cricketer to notch up 400 Twenty20 matches in his career.

This number includes the matches played for the national side, the long list of franchises and Trinidad and Tobago.

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Pollard plays in pretty much every T20 cricket league around the world, right from the biggest of the lot (the Indian Premier League), the Bangladesh Premier League, the Pakistan Super League, the NatWest T20 Blast, to his home country's Caribbean Premier League, the CSA T20 Challenge, among others.

This Trinidadian is in a pool of players which doesn't play the West Indies domestic ODI and first-class matches, which clash with the T20 leagues being held around the world, making himself ineligible for selection for the national side in these two formats.

Cricket West Indies' selection policy mandates players to play the premier domestic competition in the format to stand a chance to represent the national side in that format. (His playing the Caribbean T20 League, the country's premier T20 competition, makes him eligible for selection in the West Indies T20I side.)

In 400 Twenty20 matches, Pollard has amassed 7830 runs to go with 243 wickets. His all-round ability to go with a safe pair of hands makes him one of the sought-after T20 players around the world.

Dwayne Bravo is the player with the next-most number of T20 matches played by a player, with 372. Among the West Indian cricketers, Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle have played 308 and 323 matches in this format.

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