Nicolas Pooran named as West Indies captain for limited-overs cricket
Nicolas Pooran announced as West Indies Captain for limited-overs cricket
After Kieron Pollard decided to retire from International cricket, it was more or less cleared that Nicolas Pooran will have the privilege to lead the Caribbean’s. He was Pollard’s deputy for a long time and was also the stand-in captain of the side when Pollard was ruled out against Australia.
Pooran, who currently is with the Hyderabad franchise expressed his joy by saying, “I am truly honoured 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”.
Despite his lack of form throughout the tournament, Pooran has played well in the last match but couldn’t inspire his team to get the win against Chennai. With new added responsibility whether we will see a different version of Pooran or not is something that the fans are eagerly waiting to see.
Shai Hope has been appointed as the new vice captain for the team. In an official statement from their cricket board read, “Shai Hope has been recommended to stand as vice-captain of the ODI team”.
The duo of Pooran and Hope will challenge Netherlands later this month and will hope to improve their ranking in the International Super League. West Indies was poor in the T20 World Series and Pooran’s first job will be to restore the pride and win their 3rd T20I championship when the tournament is scheduled to happen later this year at Australia.
Jimmy Adams, the Director of Cricket of the West Indies board believes Pooran is the perfect candidate to lead the team. He 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”.
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