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Cricket West Indies recognize Rovman Powell as new white-ball skipper in mass overhaul




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West Indies cricket are looking for a fresh start after the debacle of the T20 World Cup in Australia saw them fail to reach the Super 12 stage of the competition. The white-ball team is facing a massive overhaul, with reports in the country suggesting the appointment of explosive middle-order batter Rovman Powell as the new skipper, taking over from the under-fire Nicholas Pooran.

The Caribbean side failed to reach the Super 12 stage of the recently concluded T20 World Cup after shocking losses to Scotland and Ireland in the Group Stage. Nicholas Pooran came under scrutiny for his lack of leadership skills that has seen the Men in Maroon go into a tailspin since he was appointed the white-ball skipper earlier this year. West Indies head coach Phil Simmons also announced his departure in the aftermath of the embarrassing exit from the ICC event.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) is reportedly not happy with Pooran’s captaincy stint and sees the middle order stalwart as a potential successor to the southpaw. The board are also looking at viable head coach candidates and are expected to announce a new head coach in the coming few days.

Rovman Powell’s credentials received a massive boost on Saturday after his side Jamaica Scorpions triumphed over defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to clinch the Super50 Cup. It was the team’s first regional one-day title in 11 years. Powell’s side made an incredible comeback in the tournament after losing two out of their first three group matches in the competition.

“It’s not just today (Saturday) but throughout the entire competition, the bowlers bailed us out of a lot of trouble throughout … and a lot of credit has to be given to them. It’s also good to see the batters stand up. Once Jamaica’s batters stand up and score runs, they normally do well in past competitions. The team normally does well in past competitions because there’s always been consistent bowling (so) a lot of credit has to be given to my bowling unit,” Powell said in the aftermath of Jamaica’s monumental victory.