Pooran promises to come back strong, use the T20WC debacle as motivation

West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran is in no mood to quit in the wake of their T20 World Cup debacle, and vowed to come back strong by viewing the first round ouster as ”motivation” .

Two-time champions of the West Indies were eliminated in qualifiers for the first time in the history of the ongoing showpiece. The West Indies, the most successful T20 World Cup team, failed to qualify for the Super 12 stage, after which head coach Phil Simmons decided to step down, with Australia’s two-Test series set to begin on November 30. starts in Perth. last assignment.

“Playing cricket is my dream and of course I’ve had my test in life and this is another test for me,” Pooran said for the leading defending champion Trinidad and Tobago in the Super50 Cup, a regional List A tournament.

“I am a person who embraces challenges and this was another one for me. It won’t stop me. I will continue to learn from my experiences and again I am happy to wake up in the morning and see that I have another chance to play cricket,” he added.

Pooran was forced to captain after Kieron Pollard’s surprise retirement in May this year and his next big challenge would be the ODI World Cup in India next year.

At the moment, the West Indies do not have an international white-ball assignment until the South Africa tour in February-March next year.

“Of course we don’t know what the future holds, but we will take it day by day. Again, it was a learning experience for all of us and this is our journey and our story,” Pooran said. “Time will tell what will happen, but for now it’s just about focusing on ourselves and how we can get better as individuals.

“Rest is the ultimate (way to heal) and every player needs it, but inside it still hurts. I want to use that pain as motivation and of course come back strong.” Blaming the batters for their disastrous T20 World Cup campaign, Cricket West Indian President Ricky Skerritt has called for a “thorough post mortem”.

Echoing similar views, CWI’s chief executive Johnny Grave has said they need honest soul-searching to come up with answers, but has refused to stop.

“I have no control over that (exit). My contract ends in June 2023. But am I a quitter? Am I going to resign? No, I’m not,” Grave said on the radio show Mason and Guest.

“For whatever reason, we didn’t perform under pressure in Hobart. Now, was there too much pressure on the team? Why didn’t the players execute those skills?” Grave urged the demoralized team to make an effort, saying: “It can’t just be players or coaches. It must be people who understand and have been successful in determining strategies and structures, as well as players who have executed them. We got the information from our players and we dig deep.”

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