No other cricket, will be watching BAN-WI ODIs from home: Pooran

Nicholas Pooran, who decided not to tour Bangladesh, will have eyes on the series anyway.

No other cricket, will be watching BAN-WI ODIs from home: Pooran
Nicholas Pooran. ©AFP


Pooran was one of ten players to have pulled out of the tour with COVID fears. Regular captains Jason Holder and Kieron Pollard were also amongst them.

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The 25-year-old wicket-keeper batsman clarified it was the ‘health situation’ that made him to not join the touring group. However, he hopes a few guys including the new ODI skipper Jason Mohammed to perform well in Bangladesh.

“It’s not at all about pulling the plug on cricket or wanting a break, but about the health factor in Bangladesh. As a player, I wasn’t sure, was a bit sceptical of the health situation there. Because other players weren’t going either, I felt I didn’t have to take the risk and Cricket West Indies were understanding and gave the players the benefit of the doubt. What I’ll be doing when West Indies play the ODIs is not be involved in any other cricket. I’ll be watching the ODI series from home,” Pooran told ESPNcricinfo in an interview.

“I have a couple of names. Kyle Mayers, Kjorn Ottley, Akeal Hosein and even Jason Mohammed. These are guys that can do really good. Looking forward to seeing them tackle this challenge in Bangladesh. Bangladesh plays very well at home, but these guys are good enough and it’s a great opportunity for them, which they should look to grab.”

Pooran toured New Zealand for three-match T20I series and red-ball matches against New Zealand A in November-December. He was later signed by Melbourne Stars for six matches in the Big Bash League 2020-21. He slammed 26-ball 65 runs against Sydney Sixers in one of the fixtures.

West Indies are scheduled to land in Dhaka on January 10 with the series beginning ten days later.

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