West Indies Cricket have confirmed the players who will take over from Nicholas Pooran as captains of the Men’s ODI and T20I teams for the upcoming tour of South Africa and beyond.
Pooran stepped down as skipper in both white-ball formats after the West Indies’ early exit at November’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Shai Hope will replace him as the captain of the One Day International team, with a Cricket World Cup on the horizon later this year if West Indies are able to qualify.
Meanwhile, Rovman Powell, who led them in New Zealand last year in a T20I for the first time, will take charge of the T20I side.
Hope has played 104 times for West Indies in ODI cricket, vice-captaining the side on a number of occasions.
And his excellent individual performances earned him a place in the ICC ODI Team of the Year for 2022.
But, following three matches in South Africa in March, Hope is likely to have to lead his side at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in June, with West Indies unlikely to qualify automatically as things stand.
“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 dreams of as a child,” Hope said in a statement released by Cricket West Indies.
“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 teammates and our dedicated fans, I look forward to a long and fulfilling tenure as captain.”
West Indies are co-hosting the next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, and Powell will hope to build a squad towards that tournament in 2024.
“I’m truly humbled and grateful to be given this amazing opportunity to lead the West Indies,” he said.
“For me, this a huge vote of confidence and I see this as the greatest honour 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.”
West Indies Tour of South Africa Fixtures
21 to 24 February: vs South Africa Invitational XI at Willowmoore Park, Benoni
28 February to 4 March: 1st Test at SuperSport Park, Centurion
8-12 March: 2nd Test at the Wanderers, Johannesburg
Thursday, 16 March: 1st ODI at Buffalo Park, East London (day/night)
Saturday, 18 March: 2nd ODI at Buffalo Park, East London (day/night)
Tuesday, 21 March: 3rd ODI at JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom
Saturday, 25 March: 1st T20Is at SuperSport Park, Centurion
Sunday, 26 March: 2nd T20I at SuperSport Park, Centurion
Tuesday, 28 March: 3rd T20I at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (night)