Pak vs WI: Injured Kieron Pollard to miss Pakistan tour

Devon Thomas and Rovman Powell will replace Kieron Pollard in ODIs and T20Is respectively

By Faizan Lakhani
December 05, 2021
AFP/file

West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard has been ruled out of the upcoming tour of Pakistan as the all-rounder has not fully recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained in the T20 World Cup 2021.

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Panel has named the experienced Devon Thomas, as Pollard's replacement in the One-Day International (ODI) squad while all-rounder Rovman Powell will take his place in 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.

With Pollard ruled out, 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. Shai Hope will Captain the team in the ODIs for the first time. Pooran is the 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: 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).

The ODI Series will be West Indies' fourth series of 12 in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League in which the top seven teams can secure automatic qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. West Indies currently lie in the eighth position out of 13 teams and have the opportunity to move above Pakistan into the seventh position.

FULL SQUADS

ODIs: 

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.

T20Is:

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.

TOUR SCHEDULE:

  • December 13 – 1st T20I, Karach
  • December 14 – 2nd T20I, Karachi
  • December 16 – 3rd T20I, Karachi
  • December 18 – 1st ODI, Karachi
  • December 20 – 2nd ODI, Karachi
  • December 22 – 3rd ODI, Karachi