Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pollard named WI ODI and T20I skipper

Pollard named WI ODI and T20I skipper

Cricket West Indies (CWI) have reportedly made a decision to sack Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite as skippers of ODI and T20I teams and have named Kieron Pollard as captain in limited-overs cricket.

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.

In T20s, the Trinidadian has played 62 matches with a batting average of 21 with three fifties.

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Pollard's first assignment as captain will be against Afghanistan in November in India where they will play three T20Is and three ODIs before a one-off Test. The West Indies' performances at next two T20 World Cups - in 2020 and 2021 - will have a major say in Pollard's captaincy going into 2023 World Cup. He has also scalped 50 wickets in this format.

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On his appointment as West Indies white ball Captain, Kieron Pollard said, "I'm truly honoured to be appointed Captain of the West Indies and I would like to thank Cricket West Indies' Board of Directors for placing their faith and confidence in me". He had a fruitful series against India as he scored 115 runs in three matches.

Less than two months after the end of the World Cup, Pollard will now lead West Indies in two formats. Furthermore, he was ignored for the World Cup 2019 as well and was no way in contention to make it into the ODI team any time soon. Holder was named the captain of the side then.

Holder, however, will remain in charge of the Test side.

On recognising the contribution of Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite, Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams said: "I would like to place on record the significant contributions and leadership that both Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite have provided the West Indies "white ball" teams and we look forward to both players focusing on their own games and enjoy the freedom of playing with the reduced responsibility".

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