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Kieron Pollard said he was targeting a return to the national side for the upcoming World Cup after smashing a blistering 83 off 31 balls against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

Pollard, whose knock helped Mumbai Indians edge Kings XI Punjab on the last ball, said he hoped his problems with the West Indies board were in the past.

The 31-year-old, who last played an ODI in 2016, said he was ‘blacklisted’ under the previous regime led by Dave Cameron but was hopeful of a recall after Ricky Skerritt was elected as new CWI president.

"There has been a lot of turmoil in West Indies cricket over the last couple of years. We have seen in the last couple of weeks there's a change," said Pollard.

"The most I can do every time I step on the cricket field is try to put runs on the board," he added, when asked about the West Indies' World Cup squad.

"There's people there who have the job to select and whatever and let's see how that goes. As I said, I'm 31 years, Chris Gayle is still playing, he's 39, and he's whacking it all around."

Pollard's blitz, which included three fours and 10 sixes, came after big innings by Punjab batsmen KL Rahul (100* off 64) and Chris Gayle (63 off 36)

Pollard said it could be the start of a fresh era for West Indies cricket under new chief Ricky Skerritt, the former team manager.

"We have a new chairman of selectors, there's a new president of the cricket board, and as I said you take it as it comes," said Pollard.

"We know what we can do and I think Chris batted superbly," he added, also paying tribute to Andre Russell and Sunil Narine.

"These guys are having a good tournament and again, when your mind is free, you just go out and enjoy cricket."

West Indies begin their World Cup campaign against Pakistan at Nottingham on May 31.

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