Kieron Pollard
File photo of Kieron Pollard

West Indies Cricket are set to change the captains of their limited overs side. Carlos Brathwaite, their T20 captain and Jason Holder, their ODI captain will no longer lead the West Indies. Kieron Pollard is set to become the new captain of the ODI and T20I teams of West Indies.

The decision came after a disappointing World Cup performance and a complete whitewash at home against India. The only match that West Indies did not lose in the latest home series was an abandoned ODI.

Pollard last played an ODI in 2016. He was one of the players who did not play for West Indies after some rifts between the administration and the board. There were hints of Pollard coming into the squad for the 2019 World Cup, but remained in the reserves. He featured in the T20s against India later.

In the World Cup, Jason Holder led the West Indies team to very little success. Holder took charge of the West Indies ODI team as the youngest ever West Indian to do so at the age of 23 years and 72 days. He led them to the quarter-finals of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, but finished ninth in the 2019 edition of the tournament, a position above Afghanistan at the bottom.

On the other hand, Carlos Brathwaite was named the captain of the West Indies T20 team after his heroics in the 2016 World T20. He led the T20 side for three years. In his last series as captain, West Indies were comprehensively beaten in the two match series against India.

The decision to appoint Pollard in the roles might be a little surprising considering his involvement in International cricket in recent times. Pollard though, has been playing franchise cricket all over the world. This decision might also have been influenced by the ICC World T20 next year, and West Indies might look up to the experience of the Mumbai Indians man in the tournament.