Jason Holder Discharged from West Indies Captaincy

He Was ‘Astounded’ After Getting The News

A dismayed Jason Holder has admitted that he is discovering different ways to move on after losing his Test captaincy early on this year. The all-rounder has led the West Indies team over the last five years. However, he says that even though there will be less pressure on him, the transition has not been easy. He termed it as a “strange “transition.

World number one all-rounder Jason Holder was among several other top cricketers who were not available for the Bangladesh series due to Covid-19 restrictions. During this period, the Jason Holder captaincy seemed to have ended abruptly as Kraigg Brathwaite was appointed to captain the team after the team’s heroic series victory. The 28-year-old becomes the 37th Test captain of the team.

However, this won’t be the first time Kraigg steps into Jason’s shoes as the captain. He has previously held the role seven times in the absence of the all-rounder. 

According to India Today, Roger Harper, the CWI Lead Selector, was praising the incoming captain, saying that he is the right man to lead the West Indies Test side. He says that during the Bangladesh Test series, Kraigg motivated his players to a high level. He adds that Kraigg created the culture the team has been looking to establish, where there is collective determination and a real hunger for success. 

The Jason Holder captaincy has seen the team through 37 Tests, leading them to 11 wins, five draws, and 21 defeats. Having taken over from Denesh Ramdin as the captain of the West Indies team in 2015, Holder had not let the burden of responsibility impact his performances. He has been incredibly stellar on the pitch and is currently rated as the format’s top-ranked all-rounder. He holds a Test batting average of 33.13 and a bowling return of 27.41. Additionally, Jason has played 47 Tests with 123 wickets under his belt. 

Holder told ESPNcricinfo that he doesn’t want to dwell on it, though he is still lost for words over the captaincy loss. He adds that he is trying to find ways to move on and transition back to just being a regular player. In addition, he wants to learn to be more expressive and have fun and enjoy playing international cricket

India Today reported that Jimmy Adams was full of praise for Holder over his tenure at the helm of the West Indies team. He says that Jason led the team with dignity while upholding the highest values of the sport. While allaying fears over Holder’s Test career coming to an end, Adams reiterates that Jason still has a tremendous role to play in West Indies Cricket for many years to come. 

With Jason Holder removed from captaincy, incoming captain Kraigg Braithwaits’s charge begun with the first Test against Sri Lanka in Antigua. As expected, Holder delivered a stellar performance with both the bat and the ball in the series where he hit 138 runs, including a half-century, and picked up seven wickets in 2 Tests that ended in a draw. 

Ultimately, the number one all-rounder will be crucial to the team as they take on South Africa in St. Lucia in June, among other matches to come. 

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Reference Resource: 

  1. https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket/story/jason-holder-west-indies-captaincy-shocked-transition-south-africa-tests-1812927-2021-06-09
  2. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/news/was-shocked-when-removed-from-west-indies-captaincy-says-jason-holder/articleshow/83372457.cms
  3. https://www.thecricketer.com/Topics/news/kraigg_brathwaite_jason_holder_west_indies_test_captain.html
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