Nicholas Pooran quits West Indies white-ball captaincy after World Cup debacle

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Tue, 22/11/2022
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Nicholas Pooran quits West Indies white-ball captaincy after World Cup debacle
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Nicholas Pooran has decided to step down as the West Indies men's team's white-ball captain shortly after the 2022 Men's T20 World Cup in Australia, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced on Monday. This decision was made as a result of the West Indies' unceremonious early exit from the Men's T20 World Cup.

West Indies, the two-time T20 World Cup champions, were eliminated in the opening round of the Australia 2022 competition after losing to Scotland and Ireland, placing them bottom in their four-team group. From this group, Ireland and Zimbabwe advanced to the Super 12.

Pooran claimed that he made the decision to leave so that Cricket West Indies would have enough of time to prepare for the upcoming series of matches against South Africa and to undertake a review into the scandal.

"Since the T20 World Cup was such a huge disappointment, I've given the captaincy a lot of consideration. I took on the position with tremendous pride and determination, and throughout the past year, I have given it my all.

"The T20 World Cup cannot define us, and I am eager to participate in the next reviews. Although it will be a while before we get together again as a team, I want to give Cricket West Indies plenty of time to get ready for the matches against South Africa in March and beyond, Pooran was quoted as saying in a press release from the organisation.

Pooran captained West Indies in 17 ODIs and 23 T20Is, winning series against Bangladesh and the Netherlands (ODI, 3-0). (T20I 2-0).

"I'm not giving up, I promise. The West Indies cricket captaincy, in my still-ambitious eyes, is an honour conferred upon you. There is no question about my continued dedication to West Indies cricket, and I welcome the opportunity to contribute as a senior player in a supporting capacity."

In the absence of Kieron Pollard, Pooran led the West Indies as they defeated Australia at home in a T20 International (T20I) Series (4-1). In May of this year, after Pollard resigned as captain of the West Indies men's white-ball team, he was formally named captain.

"I firmly think that resigning as West Indies' white ball captain at this time is in the team's and my own best interests, as I need to focus on what I can bring to the squad as a player. I sincerely want us to succeed, and the greatest contribution I can make to the club is by putting all of my effort into consistently scoring runs at critical moments "He spoke

Jimmy Adams, the director of cricket for the CWI, thanked Pooran for his time spent coaching the two teams.

"I'd want to express gratitude on behalf of CWI to Nicholas for his time spent coaching our white ball teams. After speaking with him, I know that he is still wholly dedicated to West Indies cricket, and I am sure that he will play a significant part in our future "said Adams. '

The following white-ball series for the West Indies men will feature three ODIs and three T20Is against South Africa in March 2023 (immediately following the two-Test Match Series).