Cricket West Indies should appoint Guyanese batsman Shimron Hetmyer as the new white-ball captain after the disappointing run of Kieron Pollard at the ICC T20 World Cup and other competitions.
This suggestion comes from former CWI President Dave Cameron who believes that the current CWI leadership should reassess the criteria for picking captains in future.
“We felt as an organisation that Hetmyer would be a future leader for West Indies. The way he conducted himself when we won the 2016 Under-19 World Cup and coming through the ranks,” Cameron said. “Hetmyer is a very confident young man, very aggressive and talented, we felt he could be someone who could lead us and be a future captain of the West Indies.”
Cameron spoke as part of a review of the leadership roles in the team and CWI managerial structure after the side won only one of five matches and finished near the bottom of the table with captain Pollard once again contributing little with the bat.
After 23 matches in four T20 World Cups, Pollard has scored only 254 runs at a poor average of 14.11. Since he was appointed West Indies T20I captain in September 2019, Pollard has played 31 matches, winning 10, losing 16 with five no-results.
During the T20 World Cup, Hetmyer topped the batting with 127 runs averaging 31.75. Only two others managed over 100 runs – Evin Lewis (105, avg 21.00) and vice-captain Nicholas Pooran (103, avg: 20.60) - as the defending champions bowed out.