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Nicholas Pooran steps down as West Indies captain after forgetful campaign at World Cup | Cricket

After a disastrous campaign in Australia’s 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup, Nicholas Pooran has decided to step down as captain of the limited-overs format West Indies cricket team. Two-time champions West Indies were dumped from the ICC event after the Pooran-led side finished bottom of the group stage of the T20 World Cup. The West Indies side suffered embarrassing defeats at the hands of Scotland and Ireland when the former champions failed to take part in the Super 12 stage of Australia’s T20 World Cup.

Days after Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt put down the Men from the Caribbean’s dreadful run in Australia, power-hitter Pooran relinquished the captaincy of the match’s shortest format. Pooran was appointed captain of the West Indies white ball after veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket in May.

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“Since the huge disappointment of the T20 World Cup I have thought a lot about captaincy. I have taken on the role with great pride and dedication and have done absolutely everything in the last year. The T20 World Cup is something that has to define not us and I will be happy to get involved in the upcoming assessments And while it will be several months before we get back together as a team I want to give CWI plenty of time to prepare for the games against South Africa in March and after.” said Pooran.

Under his leadership, the West Indies managed to win just four of their 15 One Day Internationals (ODIs). The Pooran-led side took victories in four of the 15 T20I matches. Pooran’s West Indies won just one match at the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia. Speaking of Pooran’s performance with the bat, the former Windies skipper scored 94 runs in his last 10 T20I innings. The ex-Windies captain scored forgetful scores of 5, 7 and 13 at the T20 World Cup.

“By now stepping down as captain of the West Indies White Ball I believe it is in the best interest of the team and for me personally as I need to focus on what I can deliver as a player in the side. I really want us to do that to be successful and the most value I can bring to the team is to fully focus on the role of scoring consistently at crucial moments,” added Pooran.

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