West Indies white ball captain Kieron Pollard has been ruled out of the upcoming tour of Pakistan, after failing to recover sufficiently from a hamstring injury suffered at the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Pollard tweaked his hamstring in West Indies’ T20 Super 12 contest against Bangladesh on 29 October. However, he returned to the crease to contribute an unbeaten 14 runs and then played against Sri Lanka on 4 November and Australia on 6 November—when he scored 0 and 44 respectively.
In Pollard’s absence, Nicholas Pooran will assume captaincy of the West Indies T20 team while Shai Hope will lead the One-Day International Team for the first time. The Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel named Devon Thomas as Pollard’s replacement in the ODI squad while allrounder Rovman Powell takes his place in the T20 Team.
According to a CWI release,Pollard will undergo rehabilitation work in Trinidad under the supervision of CWI chief medical officer Dr Israel Dowlat and will be reassessed ahead of the January 2022 home tours against Ireland and England.
The West Indies are due to play three T20Is and three ODIs against Pakistan at the Karachi National Stadium from 13 to 22 December. The start times for the matches are 9am (8am Jamaica) for T20Is and 4am (3am Jamaica) for the ODIs.
The ODI series will be West Indies’ fourth of 12 in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, in which the top seven teams secure automatic qualification for the India 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
West Indies are currently ranked eighth of 13 teams but can leapfrog Pakistan into seventh place with a successful tour.
West Indies 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, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.
West Indies 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, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.
13 December – 1st T20I, Karachi
14 December – 2nd T20I, Karachi
16 December – 3rd T20I, Karachi
18 December – 1st ODI, Karachi
20 December – 2nd ODI, Karachi
22 December – 3rd ODI, Karachi