West Indies’ White Ball Captain, Nicholas Pooran, has officially stepped down as of Monday. Following the disappointment of not qualifying for the Super 12 Phase, Pooran expressed that the performance of the team at the T20 World Cup as his reason for stepping down.
With how the West Indies won only one match in the preliminary group stage and ended up in the bottom of the group list, the decision is not surprising. Pooran also released a statement, “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 have given it absolutely everything over the past year.” he said,
“The T20 World Cup is something that 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 also expressed that he will continue as a senior player that would supports the team. He believes that stepping down was in the best interest of both the team and himself. Now, Pooran will be “fully focusing on the role of consistently scoring runs at crucial times.”
Nicholas Pooran was named the West Indies captain in May this year after the retirement of Kieron Pollard.