Sir Andy Roberts: Pollard appointment as captain a ‘Backward Step’


    Former Windies fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts has questioned the timing of Kieron Pollard’s appointment as white-ball skipper.

    The fast bowling legend argues that sacked ODI skipper Jason Holder was not at fault for the West Indies’ dreadful one-day form in recent years.

    He believes that neither Pollard’s appointment nor the acquisition of a new head coach will have any impact on the Caribbean side’s fortunes.

    Sir Roberts believes the fundamental problem lay in the ‘dearth of quality players available’.

    Pollard appointment was announced on Monday that he would take over from Holder and T20 skipper, Carlos Brathwaite, with immediate effect.

    CWI also said it had formally begun the recruitment process for a new permanent head coach to fill – on a temporary basis – the role currently being performed by ex-West Indies batsman Floyd Reifer.

    It was Pollard’s elevation to the ODI captaincy, however, which made the headlines. Age 32, the Trinidadian has not played a single one-dayer in the last three years.

    Holder failed to win a single series during his tenure and also oversaw West Indies’ worst-ever showing at a World Cup, last July, when the side finished ninth of 10 teams with just two wins.

    Roberts said CWI should have persisted with Holder but afforded him the benefit of an experienced coaching staff.