Holder laments missed op­por­tu­nity but buoy­ant ahead of Eng­land meet­ing

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BELFAST, Ire­land, CMC – West Indies cap­tain, Ja­son Holder, has rued the washed out One-Day In­ter­na­tional against Ire­land, which robbed the Caribbean side of valu­able match prac­tice ahead of the up­com­ing five-match series against Eng­land.

A wet out­field caused by heavy overnight rain had ini­tially de­layed the toss yes­ter­day at the Civil Ser­vice Cricket Club but the rains even­tu­ally re­turned be­fore a sched­uled 1:30 pm (8:30 am Eastern Caribbean time) in­spec­tion, forc­ing of­fi­cials to call off the con­test.

“I don’t think it was close to playable. The out­field was pretty sat­u­rated,” Holder said in ref­er­ence to the ground.

“The um­pires al­ways had a con­cern about how wet it was and they felt it would have been a lot of slip­ping and slid­ing and didn’t want to take the risk. I couldn’t re­ally dis­agree with them too much but hope­fully we can go into Eng­land with some con­fi­dence.”

The fix­ture was an im­por­tant one for Ire­land who were only re­cently granted Test sta­tus by the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil.

Much of their re­cent com­pe­ti­tion has come against for­mer fel­low Associate na­tions and the fix­ture against West Indies was an op­por­tu­nity to put their kills against a full ICC mem­ber side. Cricket

Holder said he was aware of the im­por­tance of the fix­ture to the Ir­ish and hoped the two teams could meet again soon.

“It’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing. I’ve heard a lot of peo­ple say the Ir­ish Cricket Board put a lot of money into this game and it’s re­ally un­for­tu­nate that we weren’t able to put on a show for them but hope­fully in the fu­ture we can be back here and spread some joy to the Ir­ish peo­ple.”

West Indies have had no limited overs prac­tice as they pre­pare to face Eng­land in the first ODI at Old Traf­ford start­ing next Tues­day.

They fly out on Thurs­day to pre­pare for the one-off Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional against Eng­land at Ch­ester-le-Street on Satur­day and Holder said his squad were look­ing for­ward to the next phase of the tour.

“We move on to Eng­land now. It’s a quick turnover – we came in yes­ter­day (Tues­day) and we’re fly­ing out to­mor­row over to Durham,” he said. “We start the T20 series there – it’s only a one-off T20 and then we’re into the five-match ODI series.”

CWI Me­dia) (Photo cour­tesy

Su­per­star opener Chris Gayle poses with a fan dur­ing the aban­doned ODI against Ire­land.

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