West Indies chief selector Roger Harper said that despite losing the Red Ball captaincy after five and a half years in the role, fast bowler Jason Holder is still ‘integral’. He also said that Holder has a chance to take his game to a “higher level”. Cricket West Indies on Thursday appointed Craig Braithwaite as West Indies Test captain and Holder was relieved of his duties. Braithwaite won the series 2–0 in Bangladesh last month due to fatigue and anxiety over Holder’s exit as a place for the Kovid-19 protocol.
He said, what we should appreciate is what Jessie has done as a captain. He came at a very young age, captaining the team at a time when the team was a bit damaged, and he grew up and performed well. ESPN Cricinfo quoted Harper as saying he had moments of success and became one of the world’s leading all-rounders as a player.
He said, ‘I really think Jason is a very integral part of the Test team and West Indies cricket. He plays all three formats and I think this is a chance that he will really focus on taking his game to a higher level. I think with Krug given his best and captaincy, this is an opportunity for the team to move forward, ”he said.
Holder was included in the squad for the domestic two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. There are many players in the Test team who recently participated in the 2–0 Test series in Bangladesh.
Two senior players who did not play in the Bangladesh series, all-rounder Holder and left-handed batsman Darren Bravo, have returned to the Test squad, which will be led by Craig Braithwaite.
He said, “I am performing exceptionally in my role as a player and still leading the team as a senior player. He is happy to say that he is willing to give Craig all the necessary support And are committed to telling the new captain that they have a very close relationship. I think the West Indies is making very good progress for cricket, “Harper said.
The first Test will be played in March 2015 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. The team has been named in the squad for the eleventh team of the CWI president to face Sri Lanka by a selection panel in a two-day warm-up match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on March 17-18.
West Indies squad for first test: Craig Braithwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), Nakramah Bonner, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Rahkem Cornwall, Joshua Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Aljari Joseph, KL, Jomel and Jombel . Rican.
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