Cricket West Indies (CWI) named wicket-keeper batter Nicholas Pooran as the new captain of the West Indies limited-overs team on Tuesday. The 26-year-old will now replace Kieron Pollard, who announced retirement from international cricket last month.
Pooran has previously served as the vice-captain of West Indies ODI and T20I squads, along with serving as the stand-in captain for the T20I series against Australia last year. Now he has been promoted to lead the limited-overs squad full-time, while the 28-year-old Shai Hope will be his deputy.
“Shai Hope has been recommended to stand as vice-captain of the ODI team,” Cricket West Indies (CWI) stated in a statement.
Pooran’s appointment means he will be leading West Indies in this year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, and in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in October 2023.
CWI’s Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams stated:
“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.”
Pooran has been one century and eight half-centuries in One Day Internationals and eight half-centuries in the T20I circuit. He will have his first international assignment as a full-time limited-overs skipper in a three-match ODI series against The Netherlands starting May 31 as a part of the ICC World Cup Super League.
“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,” Pooran stated after becoming the WI limited-overs captain.