Failing to recover from the hamstring injury that he suffered at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, Kieron Pollard will not be a part of West Indies tour of Pakistan in December.
In Pollard's absence, Nicholas Pooran has been named the T20I captain for the three-match series while Shai Hope will lead West Indies in the three ODIs. Hope will serve as Pooran's deputy in the shortest format and the roles will be reversed in the 50-over format.
Pooran had previously stepped in the captain's shoes when Australia toured West Indies in July earlier this year and emerged victorious 4-1, with Pollard missing out due to a hamstring injury. For Hope, this will be the first time he will captain the Windies in any format of the game.
West Indies Captain Kieron Pollard ruled out of upcoming Pakistan tour due to injury— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) December 5, 2021
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In their statement, Cricket West Indies said that Pollard will undergo rehabilitation under the supervision of Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Israel Dowlat, in Trinidad and his condition will be reassessed ahead of tours of England and Ireland in January.
West Indies will also be without several regulars such as Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer. In the absence of several experienced campaigner, Windies will be hoping the young brigade can step up against Pakistan.
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All the six games will be played will be played in Karachi between 13-22 December. The ODI series will be contested under the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League where Pakistan and West Indies currently occupy the 7th and 8th spot respectively.
ODI squad: Shai Hope (c), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Anderson Phillip, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr, Devon Thomas
T20I squad: Nicholas Pooran (c), Shai Hope (vc), Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Rovman Powell
Schedule (All games will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi):
First T20I: 13 December
Second T20I: 14 December
Third T20I: 16 December
First ODI: 18 December
Second ODI: 20 December
Third ODI: 22 December
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