Trinidadian cricketer Kieron Pollard has been named as the captain of the West Indies team in both one-day and T20 internationals. Jason Holder who previously captained Windies in the white-ball cricket will continue to lead in Test matches.
Pollard has accepted the leadership role despite not having played 50-over cricket for more than three years. The decision came after the conclusion of the first quarterly board meeting of CWI, in Tobago. The Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt made an official announcement that Pollard was the right person to take over.
Pollard has started his ODI career in 2007 and has played a total of 101 ODI’s. He has built up a lot of experience in the shorter formats and has played 62 T20 Internationals, having scored 2289 and 903 runs, respectively in the two formats.
“Jason Holder was called by me yesterday morning and we spoke,” – Skerritt said.
“He’s a very important force and is still going to be our red-ball captain. 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. What impressed me the most about Pollard was his keenness and commitment to give back to the game,” – Skerritt added.
Pollard will be seen leading the team as a captain against Afghanistan in November in India, where they will play three T20Is and three ODIs before a one-off Test.
“I’m truly honored 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.