West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard is set to miss the upcoming limited-over series against Pakistan as he has not recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Cricket West Indies said on Sunday.
The development was announced a week after the announcement of the T20I and ODI squads for the tour of Pakistan.
The CWI selection panel has named experienced Devon Thomas, as the replacement in the One-Day International (ODI) squad while allrounder Rovman Powell, is the replacement in the T20 International (T20I) squad.
“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,” the official statement said.
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In his absence, left-arm middle-order batter, Nicholas Pooran will lead the team in the T20Is. He was stand-in Captain when West Indies beat Australia 4-1 in the five-match CG Insurance T20I Series in St. Lucia earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Shai Hope has been handed over the responsibility of ODI captaincy. He will captain the team in the ODIs for the first time. Pooran is Vice Captain for the ODIs and Hope the Vice Captain for the T20Is.
The West Indies are due to play three T20Is and three ODIs at the Karachi National Stadium from December 13 to 22.
The start times for the matches are T20Is at 6 pm local time (9 am Eastern Caribbean/8 am Jamaica) and the ODIs at 1 pm local time (4 am Eastern Caribbean/3 am Jamaica).