Mumbai Indians allrounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard are all set to enhance their Twenty20 credentials with a stint in the Big Bash, Australia's domestic Twenty20 tournament this summer. The two West Indians were given clearance to play in the event after receiving NO-Objection Certificates from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Bravo and Pollard will sign up to play for Victoria and South Australia respectively. However, the duo, along with Kolkata Knightriders mainstay Chris Gayle, who has a contract with Western Australia, will hazard being excluded for the West Indies team in the T20 format, should they decide to leave for Australia.
The Big Bash is taking place at the same time as the Caribbean T20 and in accordance with the regulations of the WICB, participation in regional competitions is mandatory in order to be considered for national selection. For this reason, the WICB had been hesitant in releasing the certificates to Bravo and Pollard. Previously Pollard and Bravo played for Trinidad and Tobago, and Gayle captained Jamaica.
The Big Bash start from December 30 and goes on till February 5, while the Caribbean T20 is scheduled between January 9 and 24.