After the West Indies men’s team was eliminated from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 competition, Nicholas Pooran decided to step down as the team’s white ball captain, the Cricket West Indies confirmed on Monday. At the most recent ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the West Indies were led by Pooran. The former champions were eliminated from the Super 12 stage.
“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 past year. “The T20 World Cup is something that has to be not define us and I will be happy to get involved in the upcoming reviews. And while it will be several months before we get back together as a team, I want to give CWI enough time to prepare for the games against South Africa in March and beyond,” Nicholas Pooran told Cricket West Indies.
Last year and earlier this year, Pooran led the West Indies in the absence of Kieron Pollard and enjoyed a T20 International (T20I) Series win against Australia (4-1) at home. He was officially named captain of the West Indies Men’s White Ball in May of this year when Pollard stepped down. “This is not me giving up. I remain ambitious and still regard the captaincy of West Indies cricket as an honor bestowed on you. There is no doubt that I will remain fully committed to West Indies cricket and I look forward to it for my services as a senior player in a supporting role By stepping down now as West Indies white ball captain I believe it is in the best interest of the team and for me personally as I need to focus I really want us 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 Nicholas Pooran please.
BREAKING: Nicholas Pooran steps down as T20I and ODI Captain of the West Indies Senior Men’s Team.
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Overall, Pooran led the team in 17 One Day Internationals (ODIS) and 23 T20Is, recording Series wins against the Netherlands (ODI 3-0) and Bangladesh (T20I 2-0). “I am very grateful to CWI for the opportunity and trust shown in me and for the support I have received from our dedicated fans since taking on the role, and my teammates who have also worked so hard. I know we We have it in us to take West Indies cricket forward and be proud,” said Pooran. CWI Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams thanked Pooran for his time leading the two teams. Adams said: “On behalf of CWI, I would like to I thank Nicholas for his time leading our white ball teams. Having spoken to him I know he remains fully committed to West Indies cricket and I am convinced he has a big part to play in our future.” The West Indies Men’s next white ball series is against South Africa in March 2023 (straight after the two-Test Match Series) and consists of three ODIs and three T20Is.