Nicholas Pooran steps down from limited overs captaincy following West Indies' T20 World Cup 2022 debacle

Nicholas Pooran had taken over the captaincy from Kieron Pollard in May earlier this month.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 21 November 2022 10:55 PM

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Nicholas Pooran has stepped down from the white-ball captaincy of West Indies following the team's first-round exit from the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia. Notably, the Caribbean batter had taken over the captaincy from Kieron Pollard in May earlier this month.

Nicholas Pooran had a horrific short stint as a captain as his side lost the bilateral series against various teams and failed to qualify for the Super-12 stage of the T20 World Cup 2022. 

Earlier, the West Indies cricket board confirmed that they are looking forward to taking a few bold decisions, and an overhaul of the side is in the cards. After West Indies crashed out of the ICC tournament, head coach Phil Simmons stepped down from his role. 

"I have given the captaincy a great deal of thought since the enormous disappointment of the T20 World Cup. I took on the role with great pride and dedication and can confidently say I gave it everything over the past year. The T20 World Cup must not define us, and I will readily get involved in the upcoming reviews."

"And whilst it will be several months until we reconvene as a squad, I want to give CWI plenty of time to prepare for the matches against South Africa in March and beyond," Pooran was quoted in a statement released by the West Indies cricket board. 

He further informed that he is not giving up and remains ambitious, and still views the captaincy of West Indies cricket as an honor. "There is no doubt I remain fully committed to West Indies cricket, and I look forward to providing my services as a senior player in a supportive role. By stepping down now as the West Indies white-ball captain." 

"I believe it is in the team's best interests and for me, as I need to concentrate on what I can deliver to the side as a player. I desperately want us to be successful, and the most value I can give to the team is through fully focusing on the role of consistently scoring runs at crucial times," added Nicholas Pooran. In total, Pooran led the team in 23 T20Is and 17 ODIs. And under his leadership, the team managed to win against Netherlands (ODI, 3-0) and Bangladesh (T20I, 2-0)

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