Windies skip­per un­de­terred

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

SYD­NEY — West Indies cap­tain Ja­son Holder (pic­tured) on Mon­day de­scribed the loss of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pol­lard as “huge” but wanted the for­mer cham­pi­ons to move on dur­ing the Cricket World Cup.

Drafted in sur­pris­ingly as cap­tain just two months be­fore the World Cup, Holder said se­lec­tion mat­ters were be­yond his con­trol.

“They are two play­ers who have done well in world cricket,” Holder said when asked what ef­fect the drop­ping of the two key play­ers will have on his team.

“I am not the se­lec­tor. It’s out of our con­trol. Not hav­ing them would be a huge loss to any side. But it’s be­yond our con­trol and we have to ac­cept it and move on.”

The 23-year-old be­came the youngest man to lead the West Indies in the wake of a play­ers’ strike over a pay­ment row with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

The tus­sle re­sulted in West Indies aban­don­ing the tour of In­dia in Oc­to­ber last year. Bravo and Pol­lard were the lead­ing play­ers be­hind the strike and their ax­ing was de­scribed as “vengeance” by for­mer West In­dian pace­man Michael Hold­ing.

But chief se­lec­tor Clive Lloyd and the WICB dis­missed the charge.

Holder said he ac­cepted the cap­taincy af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion.

“Yes, I had to think about it. It was a del­i­cate time. So I gave it some thought and spoke to a few play­ers around the dress­ing room and made my de­ci­sion and be­ing cap­tain is a huge thing for me. I’ve seen my­self to be a leader in most teams I’ve put my­self into. I’ve led teams be­fore. I led West Indies Un­der-19 and I was vice-cap­tain on the West Indies A team. It’s not some­thing that I’m fresh to.” — Reuters

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