Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

All-rounder Kieron Pollard appointed as new West Indies' ODI and T20I captain

All-rounder Kieron Pollard appointed as new West Indies' ODI and T20I captain

It needs to be mentioned here that the all-rounder has not been a regular member of the West Indies ODI team and last played an ODI in 2016.

"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".

"Congratulations my friend Kieron Pollard on being appointed WI captain".

"I've played franchise cricket all over the world and I hope to use this experience to help the West Indies in my role as captain".

Jason Holder will revert to the Test captaincy alone as Pollard takes over from him in 50-over cricket and from Carlos Brathwaite in T20.

In T20s, Pollard has played 62 matches with an average of 21 with three fifties.

In another structural overhaul, this time to the team and selection policies, West Indies have appointed veteran Kieron Pollard as their new captain of the limited-overs squads, Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt announced in a press conference in Trinidad on Monday (September 9).

The release said the Selection Task Force recommended the immediate introduction of "red ball" and "white ball" captains to support a long-term strategy to focus on the different formats of global cricket.

More, the Windies suffered an abysmal World Cup campaign in England earlier this year when they managed just two wins in 10 matches - in their opener against Pakistan and in their finale against Afghanistan - to finish ninth of 10 teams and produce their worst ever performance at the showpiece.

"Jason Holder was called by me yesterday morning and we spoke", Skerritt said before adding, "He's a very important force and is still going to be our red-ball captain". Now, it has been learned that Kieron Pollard is set to take charge of the national limited-overs teams. Led by Jason Holder, West Indies were only able to win a single match and then were blanked by India in the following series back home. "They will not have to sacrifice CPL and IPL to play for the West Indies, both can coexist with mutual benefits", Skerritt noted.

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