West Indies announce T20I and ODI captains

Shai Hope and Rovman Powell have been called West Indies ODI and T20I captains respectively. Hope and Powell will take over from Nicholas Pooran, who left the charge from his post as the limited-overs after West Indies abandoned the first round of the T20 World Cup last year.

Hope and Powell will demonstrate the West Indies in the forthcoming ODI and T20I series against South Africa, starting on March 16.

Hope was named the vice-captain of the West Indies ODI side in 2019 and was re-appointed as the vice-captain in June 2022. Hope has played 104 ODIs, scoring 4308 runs at an average of 48.08.

In the meantime, Powell was the captain of Jamaica Tallawahs which won the Caribbean Premier League last year. In November, he also directed the Jamaica Scorpions to the CG United Super50 Cup title. Powell has also led the West Indies in three ODIs and one T20I.

Hope said, “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be appointed captain of any West Indies team. To lead a team that is of such incredible significance not only to myself and my teammates but to our legion of fans the world over is something one dream of as a child. The rich history and legacy that our region and our brand of cricket is so famous and loved for, requires no intricate explanation,”

“I would like to thank CWI for entrusting me with this immense opportunity. To navigate West Indies cricket in the right direction will be my fundamental priority and a task that I shall be unwaveringly committed to. With the support of my team-mates and our dedicated fans, I look forward to a long and fulfilling tenure as captain of the West Indies One-Day International team,” he added.

Powell stated that “I’m truly humbled and grateful to be given this amazing opportunity to lead the West Indies. For me, this is a huge vote of confidence and I see this as the greatest honor of my career. To be asked to ‘carry the flag’ for the people of the Caribbean, there’s no bigger role in cricket in the region – a job previously held by some of the greatest servants of West Indies cricket,”.

“I also want to thank CWI for allowing me to guide the team in the coming years as we set sights on the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which we will be jointly hosting with the USA next year. I’m a passionate cricketer who believes in leading from the front and always giving 100 percent.” Added further.

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