Holder steers away from con­tro­versy

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

DUBAI, UAE (CMC): WEST INDIES Test cap­tain Ja­son Holder says he is de­ter­mined to avoid con­tro­ver­sial off-the-field is­sues and fo­cus on his main job of lead­ing the Caribbean side.

Re­spond­ing to ques­tions from me­dia here on the de­ci­sion by Dar­ren Bravo, Mar­lon Sa­muels and Car­los Brath­waite to de­cline cen­tral con­tracts, Holder re­it­er­ated that he was pow­er­less over such ad­min­is­tra­tive mat­ters and was more pre­oc­cu­pied with gal­vanis­ing West Indies’ per­for­mances on the field.

All three play­ers are mem­bers of the Test squad which fi­nally won their first game in 19 months and first on for­eign soil in four years when they beat Pak­istan by five wick­ets in the third and fi­nal Test in Shar­jah on Thurs­day.

“As I’ve said about all the neg­a­tive things around West Indies cricket, those things are ba­si­cally be­yond my con­trol,” said Holder who cel­e­brated his 25th birthday yes­ter­day.

“I can’t con­trol who signs con­tracts, I can’t con­trol who’s here with me. All I can con­trol is my des­tiny on the cricket field when I step over that line, and that goes for ev­ery­body in the dress­ing room.”

The West Indies Cricket Board dis­closed this week that the trio of Bravo, Sa­muels and Brath­waite had opted against re­tainer con­tracts for the year-long pe­riod end­ing Septem­ber next year.

HOLDER LEADER OF BAT­TING GROUP

Bravo is the leader of the Windies bat­ting group, av­er­ag­ing 40 from 49 Tests, while Sa­muels is the side’s most se­nior player, with 71 Tests and 187 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als (ODI).

Brath­waite, the newly ap­pointed Twenty20 skip­per, is also a mem­ber of both the Test and ODI set-ups.

Their de­ci­sion im­me­di­ately raised ques­tion marks about their re­spec­tively fu­tures, but Holder said, ul­ti­mately, it was up to each player to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their per­for­mances and ca­reers.

“Us play­ers we have to be re­spon­si­ble for our own in­di­vid­ual ac­tions [and] take our own per­sonal pride on to the cricket field and con­trol cricket,” he pointed out.

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