Jason Holder said it was “difficult” to be removed from the West Indies captain’s Kilker News

Jason Holder said it was “difficult” to be removed from the West Indies captain’s Kilker News

Jason Holder was the captain of the West Indies in 37 tests.© AFP



Jason Holder has revealed that he was shocked when he was released from the West Indies Test captains and said he now wants to focus more on his game and want to be a sound board for youngsters looking for guidance. Holder, a 29-year-old who is one of the game’s top riders with an average of 33.13 tries and 27.41 bowls, has been in the Caribbean in 37 tests since winning 11, five draws and 21 defeats in 2015. After 47 tries, Holder has 123 goalkeepers and No. 1 place in the ICC classification for Test allrounders.

“Yes, it has been difficult. I may not show it, but it has been difficult,” ESPNcricinfo Holder said a couple of days before the first test against South Africa in the West Indies began in Saint Lucia.

“For the last five to six years, I’ve been a captain in the West Indies, be it a Test-match Cricket or a day-to-day Cricket. So now that I’ve been released from the two captains, it’s been a strange transition for me personally,” he said.

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Kraigg Brathwaite replaced Holder after the Caribbean team won 2-0 in Bangladesh. Roger Harper, the main selector, noted that Brathwaite’s role on the Bangladesh tour, without the many players first selected by the West Indies, played a key role in making the change.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel named a team of 13 men from the West Indies for the first round of matches against South Africa, which began this Thursday.

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