New West Indies leader wants ‘fans to get behind team’

Kieron Pollard ready for the challenge of white ball cricket

FIRED UP: Kieron Pollard

WEST INDIES new limited overs captain Kieron Pollard said: “I’m truly honoured to be appointed captain of the West Indies and I would like to thank Cricket West Indies’ Board of Directors for placing their faith and confidence in me.

“I can’t wait to work with the coaching staff and players as we start building towards future World Cups and give the fans more reasons to get behind the team.”

Pollard, currently playing in the Caribbean Premier League for Trinbago Knight Riders, replaces one-day captain, Jason Holder, and T20 leader, Carlos Braithwaite.

Recognising the contribution of Holder and Brathwaite, director of cricket Jimmy Adams said: “I would like to place on record the significant contributions and leadership that both Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite have provided the West Indies ‘white ball’ teams and we look forward to both players focusing on their own games and enjoy the freedom of playing with the reduced responsibility.”

The appointment of the experienced Pollard comes after disastrous World Cup campaign during the summer.

The Windies failed to make the latter stages of tournament after registering just two wins.

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