Fans of West Indies cricket will soon learn who will be the new captain ahead of this year’s T20 World Cup.
The West Indies cricket team is presently looking for a new skipper following the surprise announcement of Kieron Pollard’s retirement from international cricket last week.
Speaking on the Mason and Guest cricket radio show in Barbados earlier this week, Chief executive officer of Cricket West Indies, Johnny Grave, said a decision is to come as early as next month.
“Don’t anticipate it lasting more than a couple of weeks. Once we’ve got that recommendation through to our board we’ll make the announcement immediately,” he said.
He pointed out that he was surprised by Pollard’s announcement.
“It did, yeah,” Grave said. “I thought he would continue at least to the T20 World Cup in Australia. Obviously the 50-over game is that longer format and the older you get is the more difficult it gets to play and that may not have surprised me if he’d called it a day after the T20 World Cup later this year. Certainly my hope was that he would continue through to that 2023 50-over World Cup and then call it a day but none of us can plan these things and the individual players know their bodies and where their heads are at in terms of having the energy to take the team forward with the leadership that it requires.”
Grave is hoping for a decision on a new captain “shortly” so, “we can all get behind the new captain or captains.”