Pollock weighs up options, works on his swing

2010-04-29 00:00

GIVEN the choice nowadays between watching cricket and golf on television, Shaun Pollock says he usually opts for golf.

“I’ve enjoyed being able to get on the golf course,” he told The Witness in an interview, adding that his handicap is now at one.

So what does this retired cricketer get up to nowadays, other than golf? “I did the Indian Premier League and I’ve done a bit of commentary. I have a few endorsement deals, which keep me busy, and there are functions I have been the compere for, and I’ve been helping out with an orphanage called LIV.

“Generally, I’m enjoying the flexibility,” Pollock says. “I’m considering all options. I don’t want to rush into anything unless I’m sure it’s the right thing.”

Pollock began his provincial career 19 years ago for Natal, and started playing for the national side in 1995.

“There’s no doubt that [life after cricket] is an adjustment. I got to know Shaun Pollock the cricketer pretty well over the years. Now I’m trying to get to know Shaun Pollock the individual,” he says.

Pollock is married to Trish, and the couple have two daughters, Jemma (7) and Georgia (4). A normal day for Pollock usually begins with dropping his daughters off at school, after which he’ll check his e-mails and attend to any business of the day, which sometimes entails trips around the country.

Pollock, who took over 400 wickets in his career, cites his debut, against England, as one of his most memorable and defining moments.

“If you talk to my dad, he’ll probably say it was the way I handled being axed as captain [after the 2003 World Cup]. But, for me, I didn’t see that as a hugely defining moment in my career. My debut was pretty huge. You also remember things like your first five-wicket haul.

“As you move out of cricket, though, you understand that there’s more to life than just the stats. As a Christian, you start to realise that these talents aren’t forever, that God has just given them to you for a time.”

One of Pollock’s talents is his ability to play practical jokes, something he was known for among his team-mates. The last practical joke he can recall was phoning his parents’ home and putting on an Australian accent, pretending to be a reporter. “I’ve caught them a couple of times,” he said.

Ahead of the 2010 World Cup, Pollock says he hopes Bafana and England do well. “Obviously I hope Bafana do well, but it looks doubtful that they’ll go too far in the tournament. I enjoy watching European football, so I’d like England to have a good run.”

 

Catch “An Evening with Shaun Pollock” in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow. The event takes place at Grace Church International at 27 Holder Road, Bisley (opposite Oribi Airport) at 6.30 pm for 7 pm. Hot dogs and cool drinks on sale.

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