Guardian- T&T’s Kieron Pollard has been named West Indies ‘white ball’ captain and will replace Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite respectively.
A source close to the situation who spoke to Guardian Media Sports on the condition anonymity explained that the decision was taken by Cricket West Indies (CWI) Board of Directors. Guardian Sports understands that the CWI directors made the decision on Saturday, the first day of their two-day regular quarterly meeting at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel in Port-of-Spain. Pollard, 32, who is captaining the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the absence of regular captain Darren Bravo, who is injured and will be out of action for two months, was the player proposed by the selection committee and when the vote was taken, he got the support from six directors while the other six abstained. Pollard made his ODI debut in April 2006 and played his last match on October 5, 2016, against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. He was named as a reserve player for the 2019 ICC World Cup. After the West Indies dismal performance where they won just two matches, there were calls for his inclusion against the Indians in the Caribbean but this did not materialize and the West Indies lost the series 2-0. After making his T20 debut in June 2008 against Australia, but was over-looked for several years. He was, however, recalled to the West Indies team for the T20 Internationals against the Indians last month and did well although the Caribbean team lost 3-0. Pollard, who has led TKR to a 2-0 record so far in the 2019 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), is an aggressive right-hander, and medium-pace bowler shot to the limelight during the 2009 Champions League in 2009. After this, he never looked back and is one of the most feared strikers of the cricket ball the world over. He is one of two players to play over 100 ODIs and never play a Test match. His ODI record is 101 one day international matches scoring 2,229 runs at an average of 25.71 with three centuries and nine fifties. For good measure, he has also taken 50 wickets in this format. In T20 internationals he has played 62 matches, scoring 909 runs at an average of 21.50 and has snared 23 wickets. CWI continues their meeting today, the second and final day at the same venue.