Hope, Pooran to Lead West Indies Squad after Pollard Ruled Out

Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran will lead West Indies against Pakistan, after Kieron Pollard was ruled out of the tour of Pakistan starting on Monday due to injury.

Barbadian Hope, a wicketkeeper/batsman, made his test debut for the West Indies against England at Bridgetown in 2015.  He played his first ODI against Sri Lanka in 2016, and had his first T20 against New Zealand in 2017.  His last ODI was against Australia in July where he made 14 from 35 balls.  His average in the one-day format is 52.92 in 83 matches, with his highest score being 170 against Ireland in May of 2019.  His average puts him at 7th on the ODI list of averages and he is the 2nd fastest to 3,000 runs.  The classy batsman has scored 10 hundreds, four of them coming in the last two years. This is his first stint as West Indies captain.

While the 28-year-old Hope will preside over the three One-Day Internationals, the 26-year-old Nicholas Pooran will lead in the three-match Twenty20 International series following on from his stint in the Caribbean earlier this year.

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Trinidadian Pooran is also a wicketkeeper/batsman and made his T-20 debut for the West Indies against Pakistan in September of 2016.  His last match in this format was also against Australia where he made four from four balls.  He has made 737 T-20 runs in 46 matches, for an average of 22.33 and a high score of 62.  He led West Indies when the team defeated Australia 4-1 in the Caribbean last July

Pollard, appointed two years ago, oversaw West Indies’ wretched campaign at the recent T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates but picked up a hamstring injury from which he has failed to recover in time for the Pakistan series starting December 13.

“Pollard will undergo rehabilitation work in Trinidad, under the supervision of CWI’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Israel Dowlat, and will be reassessed in a few weeks ahead of the upcoming home tours against Ireland and England in January 2022,” Cricket West Indies said in a website statement.

Devon Thomas, a 32-year-old right-hander who played the last of his 21 ODIs eight years ago, has been added to the 50-over squad while all-rounder Rovman Powell has been called up to the T20 side.

The Pakistan series gets underway with the T20 Internationals, the first of which bowls off at 6 pm local time (9 am Eastern Caribbean time).

West Indies is coming off a disappointing T-20 World Cup where they failed to make it out of the group stage, winning only one of five matches.  Prior to that they had a very successful series against Australia but lost to Pakistan 1-0 in the Caribbean.

The West Indies team will be selected from: Nicholas Pooran (capt), Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, and Rovman Powell.

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