Fast bowling legend Sir Andy Roberts has questioned the timing of Kieron pollard’s appointment as white-ball skipper and argues that sacked one-day skipper Jason holder was not at fault for the West Indies’ wretched one-day form in recent years.
In fact, the outspoken Antiguan believes that neither pollard’s appointment nor the acquisition of a new head coach will have any impact on the Caribbean side’s fortunes, as the fundamental problem lay in the dearth of quality players available.
CWI announced Monday that pollard would take over from holder and Twenty/20 skipper, Carlos Brathwaite with immediate effect.
Also, the regional governing body said it had formally begun the recruitment process for a new permanent head coach, to fill the role currently being performed by ex-west Indies batsman Floyd Reifer on a temporary basis.
It was pollard’s elevation to the ODI captaincy, however, which made the headlines. Age 32, the Trinidadian has not played a single one-dayer in the last three years.
Further, he boasts an unflattering batting average of 25 with the bat from 101 odis with three hundreds, while taking 50 wickets with his slow medium at nearly 40 runs apiece.
Holder failed to win a single series during his tenure and also oversaw West Indies’ worst-ever showing at a world cup last July, when the side finished ninth of 10 teams with just two wins.
Sir Andy said Cricket West Indies should have persisted with the 27-year-old Holder but afforded him the benefit of an experienced coaching staff.