Pollard named West Indies’ ODI and T20I captain: Report
In the aftermath of a disappointing performance at the World Cup and a complete whitewash against India barring the abandoned ODI (washed out due to rain), Cricket West Indies (CWI) have reportedly decided to sack the existing captains- Jason Holder (ODI) and Carlos Brathwaite (T20I) and have named Kieron Pollard as captain in limited-overs cricket.
As per a report in Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, the important decision was taken by CWI Board of Directors on Saturday, which is the first day of their two-day regular quarterly meeting in Port of Spain.
The report goes on to say that Kieron Pollard was the player proposed by the team selection committee and when the vote was taken, he got the support from as many as six directors while the other six refused to vote.
The 32-year-old all-rounder was last seen in an ODI in 2016 and was constantly avoided by the team management as he was kept in the reserves for the 2019 World Cup and later he featured in the T20Is against India.
The humongous all-rounder has by far played 101 ODIs for the team, wherein he has scored 2,289 runs at an average of 25.71 with 3 centuries and 9 fifties. He has bagged 50 wickets in this format. In T20Is, he has played 62 games, scoring 903 runs at an average of 21.50 and has snared 23 wickets.
West Indies had a disappointing World Cup campaign as they finished ninth in the 10-team tournament held in England and Wales. They managed to win only two out of the nine matches they played in the quadrennial event and finished just above Afghanistan.
Even at home, Windies failed to up the ante against India as they couldn’t register even a single win in three T20Is, three ODIs and two Test matches. The only match that West Indies did not lose was an abandoned ODI during the home assignment against India.
West Indies will take on Afghanistan in their away tour which is set to be played in Dehradun from November 5. The tour will see both the teams compete in three T20Is and as many as ODIs and one Test.