On Monday, Nicholas Pooran, who will lead the West Indies at the Twenty20 World Cup in 2022, announced that he will step down from the white ball captaincy of the team that won the previous world cup.
As the justification for this move, Pooran noted “the great disappointment of the T20 World Cup.” The West Indies were unable to advance past the preliminary group stage of the Twenty20 World Cup in 2022 due to the fact that they only won one of their matches in that level.
Despite being placed in a group with teams such as Zimbabwe, Ireland, and Scotland, the West Indies managed to finish last in the standings.
After Kieron Pollard announced his retirement in May of this year, Nicholas Pooran was given the responsibility of leading the West Indies in one-day internationals and Twenty20 Internationals.
“Since the tremendous letdown that occurred at the Twenty20 World Cup, I have given the role of captain a great deal of thought. I took on the role with a great deal of pride and commitment, and over the course of the past year, I have given it absolutely everything I have “Pooran said in a statement.
“The Twenty20 World Cup is not something that should serve as a defining factor for us, and I am eager to participate in the next evaluations. And despite the fact that it will be several months before we get back together as a squad, I want to ensure that CWI has plenty of time to get ready for the matches against South Africa in March and for the rest of the season.”
Porran went on to say that he would continue to play for the West Indies team in the foreseeable future.
“I am in no way giving up at this point. I haven’t lost my will to succeed, and I continue to believe that being selected to lead the West Indies cricket team would be an incredible honour. There is no question in anyone’s mind that I will never waver in my dedication to the cricket team of the West Indies, and I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to contribute in a supportive capacity as a senior player.
I believe that it is in the best interests of the team as well as for me personally to step down as the West Indies white ball captain at this time. I need to focus on what I can contribute to the side as a player, and I believe this is the best way to do so.
I really, really want us to be successful, and the best way I know how to contribute to the team is by completely concentrating on my role, which is to score runs on a consistent basis when it matters the most “Pooran said.
“I am extremely grateful to CWI for the opportunity and faith that was shown in me, as well as for the support that I have received from our devoted fans ever since I took on the role, and I am also thankful to my teammates who have worked so diligently alongside me. I have no doubt that we are capable of moving West Indies cricket forward while maintaining our sense of pride.”