Pooran, Hope to lead West Indies in Pakistan after injury forces Pollard out


Rovman Powell added to T20I squad, Devon Thomas named ODI replacement

Kieron Pollard will not travel to Pakistan for the ODI and T20I series tour that starts next week after failing to recover from a hamstring injury that he picked up at the T20 World Cup. In his absence, Nicholas Pooran will be T20I captain and Shai Hope will be ODI captain. Pollard has been replaced by allrounder Rovman Powell for the T20Is and wicketkeeper-batter Devon Thomas for the ODIs.

A CWI statement said that Pollard will undergo rehabilitation work in Trinidad and will be reassessed in a few weeks ahead of the home series against Ireland and England in January 2022.

This will be the first time Hope will be ODI captain and has a challenge ahead. The three ODIs are part of the World Cup Super League, where West Indies are eighth on the points table with four wins in nine ODIs. However, a 3-0 sweep will lift West Indies to third.

Pollard will be missed in a West Indies contingent which is light on experience. None of Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Evin Lewis or Shimron Hetmyer are part of the squads. The ODI squad is instead full of inexperienced but promising players like Justin Greaves, Shamarh Brooks, Gudakesh Motie and Odean Smith while the T20I squad includes Dominic Drakes and Motie.

West Indies have had a positive run when Pooran has stood in as captain. Under his leadership, they defeated Australia 4-1 in home conditions earlier this year. Hope will be his T20I vice-captain while Pooran will be the ODI team deputy.

All six games against Pakistan will be played in Karachi. The first T20I is on December 13 while the final ODI is on December 22.

ODI squad: Shai Hope (captain), Nicholas Pooran (vice-captain), Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Anderson Phillip, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr, Devon Thomas

T20I squad: Nicholas Pooran (captain), Shai Hope (vice-captain), Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Rovman Powell

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