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Why captain Holder must go

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Jason Holder - Windies & Tridents skipper Highly regarded since shining for Under-19s in the Youth World Cup in 2010, the 6'7" Holder is the youngest player to captain the Windies ODI team when he was awarded the honour at only 23 years and 72 days. A medium-fast bowler who also posesses good skill with the bat, Holder is well suited to making an impact in T20 cricket.

There are many reasons for the desperate state of West Indies cricket.

And while most will correctly highlight, Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the abjectly poor policies including the selection of teams, within the last two weeks, another dismal tale has been confirmed lately.

Jason Holder is not cricketing sharp to deal with changing circumstances and is what in the cricketing world can be termed to be just a “plain plodder”, a person with one mindset and not able to change in differing circumstances.

His captaincy of the West Indies Test and one-day teams has long been questioned internationality with both his field placings and bowling changes devoid of thought and knowledge which is far too vivid.

When he was appointed as a youngster there was a feeling, a belief that he would grow into the role, but unfortunately the stark evidence is far in the reverse, as his captaincy methods have both become outdated and dull to add to the already perceived impression, that he is more focused on ensuring his place in the team with bat.

At present, his thoughtless captaincy of the Barbados Tridents will certainly please all the opposition, as his team, which on paper is well equipped to compete is languishing in 5th place out of six teams.

Holder’s bowling has improved, but he should do the honourable thing and hand over the captaincy of the Tridents to someone else, otherwise, any slim chance the team has of winning this year Caribbean Premier League is over.

Many have remarked about his post-match response to the many defeats, “ It was a learning experience ….We can bounce back …we must take the positives and continue to improve …we have it in us to win the next match ….Do not write us off!”

All of the above sound correct, if you are reading from a Barbadian classroom copybook, but in an age where technology is king, it's as if Holder has lost his queen and has been checkmate before the start of any match.

Perhaps some of his own suggested recently on a call in the programme in T&T, it is the fact, that he is blinded by his loyalty to Barbados and only Barbadian players on both the Tridents and the West Indies team, where no one dares challenge his decisions or cause after a lost match.

The cricketing experts around the World, always question his field strategy, based on the position of the match, or the player at the crease, and it is this reluctance to adapt, that can make you wonder if Holder is suffering experience cricket knowledge.

As a West Indian supporter, it is easy to shake your head in disbelief and cry “foul” on our cricket under this captain who has learned to lose so well, that it appears to have become accepted of him.

For the West Indies team to succeed in the future this change has to be made and it must not appear that Holder is a compliant sole that's why he's receiving such preferential treatment in a losing cause.

Barbados and perhaps Barbadians are far too proud to put their hands up and admit, "We were wrong”. In my opinion, that sort of thinking must be in the minority, given the number of level-headed and honest Bajans I know, who want the best for the West Indies cricket which they all love dearly.

So Jason Omar Holder, please do the honourable thing and resigns as captain in all spheres now if you really love West Indies cricket.


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