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Nicholas Pooran steps down as West Indies cue ball captain

Nicholas Pooran has decided to step down from his position as captain of the West Indies white ball team after their poor showing at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

Pooran was appointed full-time captain of the white ball in May this year after Kieron Pollard retired from international cricket. However, he failed to turn around the fortunes of the West Indies, as they were knocked out in Round 1 of the T20 World Cup, after finishing bottom of Pool B.

Stepping down as captain, Pooran said in a statement issued by Cricket West Indies: “I have given the captaincy a lot of thought since the huge disappointment of the T20 World Cup. I came into the role with great pride and dedication and have given absolutely everything over the past year. .

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“The T20 World Cup is something that should not define us and I will easily get involved in the upcoming reviews. And while it will be several months until we meet again as a team, I want to give CWI plenty of time to prepare for the matches against South Africa in March. and beyond”.

After the early departure from the West Indies, a three-person panel, including Brian Lara, Mickey Arthur, and Judge Patrick Thompson Jr, was formed to prepare a report for the board.

Now, Pooran has resigned from his role, in what could be the first step towards some widespread changes to the West Indies cue ball setup.

Pooran thanked the board of directors for showing faith in him, adding: “I am very grateful to CWI for the opportunity and faith shown in me, and for the support I have received from our devoted fans since I took office, and from my teammates. who have worked so hard too. I know we have the ability to carry West Indies cricket forward and be proud.”

CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams also thanked Pooran for his contributions, saying: “On behalf of CWI I want to thank Nicholas for his time leading our white ball teams. Having spoken to him I know he continues to fully committed to West Indies cricket and I am convinced that it has an important role to play in our future.”

The West Indies next cue ball assignment will come in 2023 in the form of a tour of South Africa, giving them plenty of time to name Pooran’s successor.

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