Kieron Pollard appointed West Indies' limited-overs captain

Keiron Pollard: West Indies name all-rounder as new limited-overs captain

Keiron Pollard: West Indies name all-rounder as new limited-overs captain

In a move aimed at improving West Indies' standing in limited-overs cricket, Kieron Pollard has been appointed the captain of their white-ball teams with immediate effect.

Kieron Pollard has been appointed the new captain of the West Indies one-day and Twenty20 teams. "Jason Holder was called by me yesterday morning and we spoke", Skerritt said while sitting next to Pollard and other CWI officials. And he admitted that he was "obviously surprised" to be approached, "in terms of all that has transpired".

"He's a very important force and is still going to be our red-ball captain", Skerritt said of Holder. The only match that the West Indies did not lose in the latest home series against the Men in Blue was an abandoned ODI. The Caribbean team could only secure a couple of wins in the 2019 World Cup after starting the mega event with a thumping victory over Pakistan. Pollard is also vice-captain of IPL team Mumbai Indians.

The West Indies are looking to revamp their limited-overs set-up after winning only two of their nine games at the recent World Cup in England, finishing second from bottom of the table. In ODIs, he finished with 2,968 runs at 25.36, while claiming 199 wickets at an economy rate of 5.41.

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West Indies have had a rough outing in the last three months or so.

In T20s, the Trinidadian has played 62 matches with a batting average of 21 with three fifties. Pollard never represented the team in Test cricket though. Furthermore, he was ignored for the World Cup 2019 as well and was no way in contention to make it into the ODI team any time soon. Holder was named the captain of the side then.

Under Brathwaite, West Indies have played 30 T20Is in which they have won 11 and lost 17 T20Is. The 32-year-old batting allrounder was the top-run getter in the India T20I series, scoring 115 in three innings including a half-century.

His first assignment as captain will be against Afghanistan in November in India where they will play three T20Is and three ODIs before a one-off Test.

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