West Indies have appointed Nicholas Pooran as the new skipper of the ODI and T20I sides, after the retirement of Kieron Pollard.
Pollard recently announced his retirement from international cricket, with Pooran in line to take charge, having deputized for the all-rounder in the past. His appointment has now been confirmed by the Cricket West Indies (CWI) in a statement. Shai Hope has also been recommended as the vice-captain of the ODI team.
Confirming Pooran's appointment, CWI’s Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams said, “We believe Nicholas is ready for the challenge of leading our white-ball teams given his experience, performances, and the respect he has within the playing group.
“The Selection Panel believes that Nicholas has matured as a player and were impressed with his leadership of both teams when Kieron Pollard had been absent. The experience he has gathered playing in various franchise leagues around the world was also a factor in the decision to recommend him for the T20 captaincy.”
Captaincy won't be new for the left-handed batter, having previously led the sides in Pollard's absence. All in all, Pooran has played 37 ODIs and 57 T20Is for West Indies, scoring 1121 and 1193 runs respectively. He has one century to his name in international cricket.
Speaking on being appointed the captain, Pooran expressed his delight, saying, "I am truly honored to be appointed captain of the West Indies team. I am following the footsteps of several giants of the game who have created an amazing legacy for West Indies cricket.
"This is indeed a prestigious role, a pivotal position in the West Indian society, as cricket is the force that brings us all West Indians together. To be named captain is indeed the highlight of my career so far and I want to drive the team forward to accomplish great things on the field for our fans and loyal supporters."
Pooran will lead the side as their full-time white-ball captain for the first time in the three-match away ODI series against Netherlands, which will be a part of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League.
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