West Indies cricket board (CWI) have appointed all-rounder Kieron Pollard as the skipper of national team for ODIs and T20Is. Pollard replaced Jason Holder to lead West Indies in limited overs. Holder led Caribbean side in previous two ICC world cups in 2015 and 2019 where team’s performance was not good as it should be. However Jason Holder will keep red ball captaincy for West Indies side.
“We believe Kieron Pollard is the right person at the right time now to lead the West Indies team in white-ball cricket. Jason Holder is a very important force and he is still going to be our red ball captain,” CWI president Ricky Skerritt said.
Kieron Pollard’s stint with Windies team as a leader will begin in India when national side to take on Afghanistan in three Twenty20s and three One-Day Internationals in November. All these 6 white-ball matches to be played from 5 to 18 November meanwhile West Indies to play only test against Afghanistan from 27 November to 1 December under Holder’s leadership.
The interesting appointment of Pollard stuns many cricket fans as the all-rounder hasn’t played single ODI since 2016. The uphill task for new West Indies captain will be to defend t20 world cup title next year in Australia. And skipper is looking forward to that since his appointment.
“In the short term as captain, the immediate aim is to defend the T20 World Cup. One of the discussions I hope to have is to bring back the idea of specialists playing in their best positions,” Pollard quoted.
West Indies board president also announced in the press conference that selection of players would be based on fitness level, performance, commitment and current form.