Pooran steps down from white ball captaincy
Nicholas Pooran decides to step down from T20I and ODI captaincy (AFP)

Days after his team’s disastrous performance in the recently finished T20 World Cup 2022, West Indies batter Nicholas Pooran has decided to resign as the captain of the ODI and T20I teams. West Indies, who have won the trophy twice and most recently in 2016, struggled to get past the group round at the T20 World Cup in Australia last month after losses to Scotland and Ireland.

West Indies entered the tournament by defeating Zimbabwe easily in the qualifications, but they were shocked by Scotland and Ireland and finished last in their group, missing out on the Super 12 stage for the first time ever in the tournament’s history. Cricket West Indies, after the team’s elimination from the world championship, stated that the board would make some bold moves and do a proper scan of the team’s circumstances. Following the team’s Test series against Sri Lanka, West Indies head coach Phil Simmons also made the decision to resign from his position after the team was eliminated from the T20 World Cup.

West Indies lost to Ireland in World Cup Qualifiers
West Indies lost to Ireland in World Cup Qualifiers (ICC)

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Nicholas Pooran steps down as West Indies’ T20I and ODI skipper

Pooran, who was leading the West Indies in the World Cup, received criticism from all sides for his team’s poor performance and failure to deliver with the bat on the individual level. On Monday, Pooran announced his resignation as captain. He claimed it was the correct move and would allow the squad enough time to be ready for the upcoming major ICC competitions.

In a lengthy social media post, Pooran said that receiving the West Indies captaincy was an honor but stressed that it would be best for both sides if he resigned. The left-handed hitter declared that he will keep leading the team’s locker room and supporting his teammates.

On Instagram, Pooran wrote, “I have given the captaincy a great deal of thought since the enormous disappointment of the T20 World Cup. I took on the role with great pride and dedication and have given it absolutely everything over the past year. The T20 World Cup is something that must not define us and I will readily get involved in the upcoming reviews. And whilst it will be several months until we reconvene as a squad, I want to give CWI plenty of time to prepare for the matches against South Africa in March and beyond.”

Nicholas Pooran steps down from white ball captaincy
Nicholas Pooran’s Instagram post. (ig@nicholaspooran)

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“This is not me giving up. I remain ambitious and still view the captaincy of West Indies cricket as an honor that is bestowed upon you. There is no doubt I remain fully committed to West Indies cricket and I look forward to providing my services as a senior player in a supportive role. By stepping down now as the West Indies white ball captain I believe it is in the best interests of the team and for me personally, as I need to concentrate on what I can deliver to the side as a player. I desperately want us to be successful and the most value I can give to the team is through fully focusing on the role of consistently scoring runs at crucial times,” he added.

“I am very thankful to CWI for the opportunity and faith shown in me and for the support that I have received from our devoted fans since taking the role. And to my teammates who have worked so hard as well. I know we have it in us to carry West Indies cricket forward and be proud,” he concluded.

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