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West Indies appoint Kieron Pollard new limited-overs captain
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West Indies appoint Kieron Pollard new limited-overs captain

West Indies have sacked Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite as ODI and T20I captains respectively and have instead named Kieron Pollard in charge of the limited-overs side.

The decision was announced following the quarterly board meeting of Cricket West Indies, where the team's woeful performance in the World Cup was comprehensively reviewed.

West Indies finished ninth in the ten-team table, behind winless Afghanistan, in the showpiece event under the captaincy of Holder.

Holder's West Indies also suffered a 0-2 defeat against India at home recently in the 50-over format while the team faced a whitewash in T20Is with Brathwaite as skipper.

CWI president Ricky Skerritt believed Pollard was the "right man" for the job despite not having played an ODI in almost three years.

"He (Holder) is a very important force and is still going to be our red-ball captain," he said.

"Holder will now compete for a place in Pollard's team and use this as an opportunity to become a better cricketer.

"Pollard is the right man at the right time to take our white-ball teams forward. What impressed me the most about Pollard was his keenness and commitment to give back to the game."

This appointment brings an end to Holder's tenure as ODI skipper lasting a total of four years during which he could lead his side to victory in just 24 games out of 86.

Brathwaite, largely remembered for his four consecutive maximums in the 2016 World T20 final, tasted success in 11 T20I fixtures out of 30.

Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams recognized Holder and Brathwaite's contributions and 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.”

Pollard has earned the reputation of being a T20 specialist given the fact no cricketer has played more matches than his tally of 451 appearances in the shortest version of the game.

The 32-year-old previously fostered a turbulent relationship with the board but a change in CWI personnel has repaired the two parties' association.

Pollard was left out of the World Cup squad earlier this summer but will now be leading his side in their next series against Afghanistan in India in November.

“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," he said after being named the white ball captain.

"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.”