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West Indies cricket names Kieron Pollard as ODI and T20I captain

West Indies cricket names Kieron Pollard as ODI and T20I captain

In light of recent structural overhaul with regards to team selection and certain policies surrounding the team, West Indies have tasked Kieron Pollard to be in charge of the team in the limited formats of the game. Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt announced the same in a press conference in Trinidad on the 9th of September.

Kieron Pollard last played an ODI for West Indies against Pakistan back in October 2016 and he replaces Jason Holder in the One Day format. Holder will continue as the Test Captain. Carlos Brathwaite was the captain in the T20s and will now be relieved of his duties by Pollard.

This decision arrived soon after the first quarterly board meeting of Cricket West Indies (CWI) ended on September 8 following a thorough review by the Selection Task Force who peered into the selection process and system for all cricket in the West Indies. This included women’s and youth teams. The CWI Board of Directors has approved of the recommendations and Skerritt suggested that the board was following the “best possible practices for best possible outcomes”.

“He’s a very important force and is still going to be our red-ball captain,” Skerritt said of Holder. “Holder will now compete for a place in Pollard’s team and use this as an opportunity to become a better cricketer. Pollard is the right man at the right time to take our white-ball teams forward.”

Pollard will be first called to duty against Afghanistan in November, in India. The two countries are supposed to play three T20Is and ODIs, followed by a single Test.

“I’ve played franchise all over the world and I hope to use this experience to help the West Indies in my role as captain,” Kieron Pollard said at the press conference. “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.”

The board also advertised for a full-time head coach to take charge of the national side and the deadline for applying for the role has been deemed to be September 20. The Board of CWI would like to sort out the matter as quickly as possible and before the side leaves for India to take on Afghanistan.

“You Deserve It. And You’ll Be A Great Leader”, – DJ Bravo {Injured Captain, TKR} On Kieron Pollard’s {Care Taker Captain, TKR} Appointment As Windies Cricket’s White – Ball Skipper. Brotherhood In The Land Of Champions.

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