Nicholas Pooran has stepped down as West Indies captain. The decision comes days after the first leg of the West Indies. exit of the T20 World Cup. The untimely departure came as a surprise to the twice T20 world champions. West Indies cricket is suffering from a number of complications currently. The main one is the accusations against the players for ignoring the national team to participate in league championships around the world. Previously, phil simons he retired as the team’s head coach immediately after the West Indies’ early return from Australia.
Nicholas Pooran was appointed captain of the West Indies cue ball in May, as Kieron Pollard removed from the game. However, without even completing a year in office, Pooran has left the job crumbling under the pressure. Said pressure, emulsified after the humiliating departure of the West Indies from the World Cup. The West Indies battling in the T20 World Cup qualifiers managed a lone stage victory. And, consequently, it finished in the last position of the table competing with Zimbabwe, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Nicholas Pooran leaves West Indies white ball captaincy behind after World Cup debacle
Explaining his decision, Pooran said: “I have thought a lot about the captaincy since the huge disappointment of the T20 World Cup. I took on the role with great pride and dedication and have given absolutely everything over the last year.” Furthermore, he added, “The T20 World Cup is something that should not define us and I will easily get involved in the next reviews. And while it will be several months before we get back together as a team, I want to give CWI plenty of time to prepare for the games against South Africa in March and beyond.”
Despite the discomfort, Pooran, the player is willing to give everything for the team. “This is not me giving up. I remain ambitious and still see the West Indies cricket captaincy as an honor bestowed. There is no doubt that I remain fully committed to West Indies cricket and look forward to serving as a major player in a supporting role.” said Pooran reiterating his opinion to continue as a player of the team.
“To step down now as captain of the West Indies white ball, I think it is the best thing for the team and for me personally, as I need to focus on what I can offer the team as a player. I desperately want us to be successful and the greatest value I can give to the team is to fully focus on the role of consistently scoring runs at crucial moments.” added. “I am very grateful to CWI for the opportunity and the faith they have shown in me. And for the support I have received from our devoted fans since taking on the role. Also to my teammates who have worked so hard too. I know it’s in us to carry West Indies cricket forward and be proud.” Nicholas Pooran concluded.
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