Nicholas Pooran has decided to resign as the limited-overs skipper of the West Indies after their first-round exit from the T20 World Cup 2022. The Caribbean team managed to win just a single game against Zimbabwe in the tournament but was stunned by Scotland which led to elimination from the marquee event. T20 World Cup 2022 was a poor outing for the West Indies as they were knocked out in the first round of the tournament.
Cricket West Indies has appointed a panel to review the performance of the national side, but now, Nicholas Pooran has stepped down as the West Indies white-ball captain after leading the team for 15 ODIs and four out of 15 T20Is. Announcing his decision, Pooran stated that the disappointment of the T20 World Cup should not define West Indies.
In a statement released by Cricket West Indies, Nicholas Pooran said, “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. The T20 World Cup is something that must not define us and I will readily get involved in the upcoming reviews.”
BREAKING: Nicholas Pooran steps down as the T20I and ODI Captain of the West Indies Senior Men's Team.
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He further added, “This is not me giving up. I remain ambitious and still view the captaincy of West Indies cricket as an honour that is bestowed upon you. There is no doubt I remain fully committed to West Indies cricket and I look forward to providing my services as a senior player in a supportive role.”
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Nicholas Pooran has also been going through a rough form in recent times as he has managed to score just 94 runs in his last 10 T20I innings. Pooran had led West Indies to a 4-1 T20I series win against Australia and was appointed as a regular skipper after Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket. Jimmy Adam, Cricket West Indies (CWI) director of cricket thanked Pooran for his contribution.
Adam said, “On behalf of CWI I want to thank Nicholas for his time leading our white ball teams. Having spoken with him I know he remains fully committed to West Indies cricket and I am convinced he has a big role to play in our future.”