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Pooran says resignation is best for team

Nicholas Pooran (Photo: CWI Media)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Less than seven months after being named captain of the West Indies cue ball, Nicholas Pooran resigned, saying the decision was in the best interest of him and the team.

Pooran, the second casualty of the botched ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which came on the heels of head coach Phil Simmons’ resignation last month, stressed that his resignation was not an indication that he had given up on the team. ODIs and T20.

He said that he would now focus on his role as a player.

“I have thought a lot about the captaincy since the huge disappointment of the T20 World Cup. I took the role with a lot of pride and dedication and have given absolutely my all over the past year.

“This is not that I am giving up. I remain ambitious and still see the captaincy of West Indies cricket as an honor bestowed on you. There is no question that I remain fully committed to West Indies cricket and look forward to giving my services as a senior player in a support role,” Pooran said in a Cricket West Indies (CWI) statement on Monday afternoon.

His decision came amid a comprehensive review by an eminent three-member panel of the team’s early departure from the World Cup in Australia last month.

The West Indies failed to qualify for the Super12 stage (second round) after losing unexpectedly to lower ranked teams Scotland and Ireland.

Pooran, who captained the team for the first time last year in the absence of fellow Trinidadian Kieron Pollard before being named captain in May this year after Pollard left international cricket the previous month, stressed that he continues to have faith in the Indies. Westerners.

“To step down now as West Indies white ball captain I think is best for the team and for me personally as I need to focus on what I can offer the team as a player. I want it desperately.” to be successful and the greatest value I can bring to the team is by fully focusing on the run-scoring role consistently at crucial moments,” said the left-handed batsman who has averaged nearly 29 of 15 ODIs producing 434 runs since being appointed captain in May , and just 18 in 15 T20 Internationals during that period.

Last year and earlier this year, Pooran led the West Indies in the absence of Kieron Pollard, recording a T20I series win against Australia at home (4-1). Overall, he captained the side in 17 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 23 T20Is and won 3-0 in ODI series against Netherlands and 2-0 over Bangladesh in T20I series.

CWI Cricket Director Jimmy Adams thanked Pooran for his captaincy and indicated that he would continue to have an important role in the team.

“Having spoken to him, I know he remains fully committed to West Indies cricket and I am convinced he has an important role to play in our future,” he said.

Last week, CWI announced that a three-member ICC Men’s T20 World Cup review group of independent professionals had begun a holistic assessment of all aspects of the team’s preparation and performance at the global tournament.

West Indian batting legend and current Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 head coach Brian Lara; international cricket coach Mickey Arthur from South Africa; and Justice Patrick Thompson Jr, a Superior Court Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court who serves as chair of the group, will present a report to the CWI Board of Directors with relevant information and clear recommendations.

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