After a poor run at World Cup 2019 and the home series against India, West Indies have rung changes and have dropped Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite as their ODI and T20I captain, respectively. A report had suggested that the decision was taken a couple of days back and Cricket West Indies confirmed the news today.
Pollard, who made his comeback to the T20I side for the India series, hasn’t played an ODI since 2016. He, along with other senior players, was dropped from the ODI squad just ahead of World Cup 2015. Holder was named the captain of the side then.
He continued to lead the side and was the leader in the 2015 and 2019 World Cup. However, the selectors found a need for change in the leadership and Pollard, 32, will be leading the team ahead.
He is now expected to be given a run at least till 2023 World Cup. 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.
For now, it has also been confirmed that Holder will continue to lead West Indies in red-ball cricket. Under him, West Indies played 86 ODIs, out of which they won 24 matches.
Pollard has played 101 ODIs in which he has scored 2289 runs at 25.71. He started as an all-rounder at international level but has stopped bowling of late.
In 62 T20Is that he has played, Pollard has scored 903 runs. He had a fruitful series against India as he scored 115 runs in three matches. He was one of the players on the standby list for World Cup 2019 but did not make the cut.
Kieron Pollard’s first assignment as West Indies’ captain will come in India where they will be playing Afghanistan. After the series, they will also take hosts India in limited-overs series. While WI will be the favourite against Afghanistan, hosts India will test the visitors.