Nicholas Pooran becomes West Indies white captain after his close friend and teammate Kieron Pollard of Trinidad suddenly retired last month. He will be the West Indies White ball captain from the upcoming tour of the Netherlands.
Commenting About Pooran’s leadership role West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick has urged new white-ball captain Nicholas Pooran to separate his leadership role from that of batsman.
“You have meetings, you have discussions about every [opposing] batsman, about their strengths and weaknesses and the captain will set fields accordingly. Then, it’s up to the player to go execute [the team plans] In batting, you would know your role so you go out and you bat and do your job.”
“When Pooran is batting, he’s not captain— that’s going to be one of his biggest challenges. When he’s batting, he has to think like a batsman. He has to put the team first to make sure that he too is also executing the game plan and not try to captain when he’s batting. You leave the captaincy when he’s on the field and when he’s batting, he’ll get the information that’s relayed to him as well so he just has to execute what he’s supposed to do.”
Senior all-rounders Jason Holder, Shimron Hetmeyer and Evin Lewis have been ruled out of the squad.
According to the West Indies Cricket Board, Jason Holder is playing in the IPL this year and has been rested to manage his work.
Also, Evin Lewis is not fit due to failing to meet the required fitness criteria, and Shimron hetmayer has not been named in the squad due to the birth of his first child. All-rounder Andrew Russell and mysterious spinner Sunil Narine are also missing that Pooran has been assigned to his First work in an inexperienced team.
however, Estwick said that he being able to play without seniors is a great opportunity for Pooran to build an own identity.
“Obviously Jason will be sorely missed, for his experience, for his skill, for his knowledge, for someone of that ability. Any team that loses a player of Jason’s ability will miss him. But it gives Pooran a chance to forge his own identity as well, with the senior players not around.”
Also, three new faces have been added to the squad. They are Jayden Seales, Shermon Lewis, and Keacy Carty
“Obviously there are still players who’ve been playing for a while. You’ve got Shai Hope as his vice-captain. Shai Hope has been around for a very long time so he has Shai that he can lean on. But at the end of the day, the decision making falls with Pooran and it’s up to players to execute their skills.”
“I always believe that opportunities are never missed—they’re only grabbed by someone else. So it’s a chance for someone like Keacy Carty, someone like Nkrumah Bonner people like that to really grasp the opportunity.”
Assistant coach Estwick further stated that that in order to create a good image of himself in the selectors, he needs to play well in both the tours of the Netherlands and Pakistan.
“You’ve been given the opportunity to be selected for the two tours (Netherlands and Pakistan) so it’s up to you to grab the opportunity with both hands when it arrives. Make sure you prepare properly, make sure you’re ready and if selected, be ready to go out there and execute tour skills because obviously the selectors are seeing something in you, they believe in what you’re doing, they believe in the talent that you’ve got.”
The three-match series against the Netherlands runs from May 31 to June 4 in Amstelveen while the three-match tour of Pakistan will be played from June 8-12 in Rawalpindi.