West Indies have appointed veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard as their skipper for the One-Day International and Twenty20 formats. On the other hand, Jason Holder will continue to lead the side in Test cricket.
The Caribbeans have struggled in recently which have raised questions over Jason Holder’s leadership qualities in the ODIs. Carlos Brathwaite, the incumbent T20I leader has also failed to lead the side from the front. Pollard takes over the ODI side despite not having played an ODI since October 2016.
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Kieron Pollard replaces Holder, who has been leading the team since 2015. Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt argued that Pollard was the right man to take over. Pollard will bring in a lot of experience with him. He has played 101 ODI games for West Indies and will be keen to change his side’s fate.
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Commenting on his appointment, Pollard said that he feels honoured by the responsibility. Kieron Pollard also added that he can’t wait to start working with the support staffs and players to bring back smile on the face of the West Indies fans.
“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. I can’t wait to work with the coaching staff and players as we start building towards future World Cups and give the fans more reasons to get behind the team,” Pollard said.
Kieron Pollard’s first assignment will be against Afghanistan in India. West Indies will play three T20Is and ODIs each in November. They will have a tough task ahead as they look to bounce back from the humiliating defeats against India.