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by Manuj Sharma Friday 4 September 2015
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have named Jason Holder as the captain of the Test side that has been announced to take part in the tour of Sri Lanka which gets underway in October.
Holder, the captain of the One-Day International side, will take over from Denesh Ramdin, who has been relieved of his duties to enable him to focus on his batting.
In a media release, the WICB stated that it had agreed to the proposal of the selection panel to appoint Holder as the Test captain.
The chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd, backed Holder’s abilities to lead the side and he further stated that it was the right time to make the change.
“He is a young man that all of the selectors, people in the Caribbean and worldwide believe has several of the qualities that can take our team forward.
“We felt the time was right for a change and we feel he will do as well as he did when he was elevated to the position of One-day International captain ahead of the World Cup."
West Indies squad for Sri Lanka Tests
Jason Holder (capt), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice Captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajindra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican.
Praising Holder for his straightforward approach to the game, Lloyd felt that the 23-year-old is the right person to lead the team.
“We had a number of detractors when he was appointed ODI captain, but he showed during the ODI series in South Africa and the World Cup that he had the qualities that were needed to take our team forward.
“We expect to get new thinking and new dynamism from him.
“Jason commands respect.
“He is a fine young man, very intelligent and he seems to get the best from the players because he is a straightforward guy.
“I think the players will warm to him.
“He has a young bunch of players and we feel he can guide them in the manner that is required for internationals.”
Clarifying that Ramdin has agreed to the situation, Lloyd wanted the wicket-keeper batsman to focus on his performance with the bat.
“I have spoken to Denesh and he understood the situation and there was no animosity.
“We just want him to perform a little bit better right now, particularly with the bat, and give of his best and support the new captain.”
The squad to take part in the two Test matches will consist of seasoned players like Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor alongside Ramdin and Holder.
Carlos Brathwaite and Jomel Warrican are called up to the Test squad, while youngsters like Shane Dowrich, Shai Hope and Rajindra Chandrika will look to add to their Test appearances.
Alongside Roach and Taylor, Shannon Gabriel will be part of the pace attack, while Devendra Bishoo will lead the spin attack.
The West Indies tour to Sri Lanka consists of two Test matches, three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals, which will be played during the months of October and November.
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