Two-time champions of the West Indies failed to qualify for the Super 12 stage of the T20 flagship in Australia after defeats to Scotland and Ireland in the first round.
“A little surprised, to be honest, that (West Indies) was unable to cross the line against the other teams,” Pollard told i95.5fm, a radio station in Trinidad.
“But again, that speaks volumes about where our cricket is at the moment. I feel it. I feel it for the boys because they are the ones who will get the bashing. And it’s not all their fault.”
The elimination drew reactions from across the cricketing world.
Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt issued a damning statement saying a “post-mortem” would be conducted immediately.
Australian legend Ricky Ponting has called the once formidable West Indies early exit from the tournament a “disgrace”.
Pollard said: “We have a young captain, we have young players, guys who would have only played a handful of (matches in) T20 cricket and now they are in the World Cup.
“And when I look back on it, I sit back and have a smile on my face. Because I remember some things that were said around this time last year when some individuals were not selected.
“I just had to remind these people that there was a World Cup we were going to go to (in 2021) and another bilateral series (in New Zealand). And now some individuals are getting a chance to play in the World Cup. And “, again, look what happened. It’s not their fault,” he said.
“But when we tried to protect them a little bit and make people understand (in 2021) they weren’t ready for that, we were criticized. A lot of things were said that were sometimes very derogatory. It’s a sad day for West Indies cricket and all of us.”