Nicholas Pooran has been selected as the new captain of the West Indies’ ODI and T20I teams, succeeding Kieron Pollard, who just retired. Pooran has previously served as Pollard’s deputy and was also a stand-in skipper for the West Indies in a T20I series against Australia in 2021.

According to a release from Cricket West Indies, “Shai Hope has been recommended to stand as vice-captain of the ODI team” (CWI).

Pooran said, “I am truly honoured to be appointed captain of the West Indies team. I am following the footsteps of several giants of the game who have created an amazing legacy for West Indies cricket. This is indeed a prestigious role, a pivotal position in the West Indian society, as cricket is the force that brings us all West Indians together. To be named captain is indeed the highlight of my career so far and I want to drive the team forward to accomplish great things on the field for our fans and loyal supporters.”

Pooran will become full-time skipper of the West Indies after their tour of the Netherlands later this month. Jimmy Adams, the CWI’s Director of Cricket, also endorsed his appointment.

“We believe Nicholas is ready for the challenge of leading our white-ball teams given his experience, performances, and the respect he has within the playing group. The Selection Panel believes that Nicholas has matured as a player and were impressed with his leadership of both teams when Kieron Pollard had been absent. The experience he has gathered playing in various franchise leagues around the world was also a factor in the decision to recommend him for the T20 Captaincy.”