Cricket West Indies (CWI) will be trodding a new path as the management named the essential deputies for the New Zealand series, which get underway November 27.
Nicholas Pooran has been named vice-captain for the three T20 Internationals (T20Is), while Roston Chase was topped for the vice-captain for the two ICC World Test Championship matches.
Chase, the tall, batting allrounder, won a place in West Indies’ Test team after strong showings with both bat and ball in the 2015-16 Professional Cricket League.
He made his Test debut vs. India at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, July 21, 2016, and has not looked back since.
The 28-year-old batting allrounder has so far played 35 Test matches, scoring five centuries and collecting three five-wicket hauls with his off-spin bowling.
Wicket-keeper/batsman Pooran, 25, is among the leading white-ball players with two half-centuries in 19 T20I innings and also averaging close to 50 in One Day Internationals.
In a report, Roger Harper, CWI’s Lead Selector, said, “Roston Chase has been appointed vice-captain of the West Indies Test Team for this tour of New Zealand. He is an experienced player who is tactically aware and very purposeful in his approach to the game. He is readily willing to offer advice and discuss ideas with his fellow players and the coaches, and I think he will offer good leadership support to captain Jason Holder both on and off the field. Nicholas Pooran continues in the role of vice-captain of the T20I team for the tour of New Zealand. He was first named vice-captain for this format for the series against Afghanistan in 2019.”
“I have been making strides in Test cricket since my debut back in 2016, and I see this new role as vice-captain as an honor. It is just for me to try and carry on and try to achieve great things for West Indies. It is all about offering support to the captain, coach, and other players as we try to plan strategy and put more wins on the board.”
Meanwhile, Nicolas Pooran posited, “I see this as another opportunity to learn and grow in the game. I was vice-captain for the tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year, so this is a continuation of that work. It’s always good to share your knowledge as we look to continue the winning mentality. We were successful in Sri Lanka, and this is a series we believe we can get more success against New Zealand.”
November 27: 1st T20I at Eden Park, Auckland
November 29: 2nd T20I at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
November 30: 3rd T20I at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
December 3-7: 1st Test at Seddon Park, Hamilton
December 11-15: 2nd Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington
Nigel Bell Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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