Batting, bowling, leading the team, Jason Holder was fully committed to serving his national duties. However, it seems that West Indies are looking to build a team for the future and in the process, they have relieved Holder of his duties and appointed Kraigg Brathwaite as the new skipper for West Indies in Tests. Brathwaite, who’s been the vice-captain of the team, recently led West Indies in a memorable 2-0 series victory over Bangladesh in Bangladesh. Confirming the development, the West Indies Cricket Board released a statement and praised Braithwaite for his leadership skills.
“We all believe that Kraigg is the right man to lead our Test side at this point in time and I’m delighted that he has accepted the role. In the recent Test series against Bangladesh, Kraigg was able to motivate his players to play to a very high level and create the culture we are looking to establish where the team showed a collective determination to fight and a real hunger for success,” said Roger Harper, WI Chief Selector.
The newly appointed skipper, Brathwaite also expressed his excitement about leading the team. He thanked the WICB for allowing him to captain West Indies.
“It is a huge honour to be given the Captaincy of the West Indies Test team. I feel extremely proud and humbled that the Board and Selectors have given me the opportunity and responsibility to lead the team. The recent Test Series win in Bangladesh was a fantastic achievement and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka and I’m excited about what I believe this team can achieve in the future,” said Kraigg Brathwaite.
Brathwaite’s first assignment as a full time skipper will be a two Test series against Sri Lanka at home. The first Test gets underway on 21st March. West Indies are expected to announce their squad today. Jason Holder donned the skipper’s had in 2015, taking over the reigns of the West Indian Test team from Dinesh Ramdin. Since then he led West Indies in 37 Tests, winning 11, losing 21 and 5 matches ended in as a draw.