Kraigg Brathwaite Replaces Jason Holder As Full-Time West Indies Test Captain

Kraigg Brathwaite Replaces Jason Holder As Full-Time West Indies Test Captain

Kraigg Brathwaite
Kraigg Brathwaite. Image-Twitter

Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite has been appointed as the full-time new Test captain by Cricket West Indies. He replaces Jason Holder to become the 37th Test captain of the West Indies.

Kraigg Brathwaite led a depleted West Indies side to a 2-0 victory in Bangladesh and has been rewarded for the same with the permanent captaincy. Before the Bangladesh tour, the right-hander has captained the team, in Holder’s absence, in 5 Tests – losing all of them.

Holder, who was amongst several players who opted out of the Bangladesh tour due to covid concerns, has led the Test team in 37 matches – with 11 wins, 21 losses, and 5 draws. A home Test series triumph over Joe Root’s England in 2019 was the highest point of Holder’s captaincy tenure.

Jason Holder
Jason Holder. Image-Twitter

Jimmy Adams, CWI Director of Cricket, thanked Holder for the contributions he made to the side as a leader since taking over from Denesh Ramdin 6 years ago. Holder, who is the number one ICC Test all-rounder has done immense work in making significant gains in West Indies cricket.

“On behalf of CWI, I would like to thank Jason for all he has given to the game in the region while serving as Captain of our Test team. Throughout his five-and-a-half-year tenure, he has led with dignity while always upholding the highest values of the sport. As the world’s leading Test all-rounder, we all believe that Jason still has a tremendous role to play in West Indies Test Cricket for many years to come,” Jimmy Adams, CWI Director of Cricket said in the release.

Excited about what I believe this team can achieve in the future: Kraigg Brathwaite

Kraigg Brathwaite Replaces Jason Holder As Full-Time West Indies Test Captain
Kraigg Brathwaite led West Indies to Test series victory in Bangladesh. Image-Twitter

The 28-year-old opener’s first challenge would be against Sri Lanka in a 2-match home Test series which commences on March 21st. West Indies finished 6th on the World Test Championship; with a new skipper at the helm, and several young and exciting talents coming in the side, the once-dominant side would hope for better results in the next WTC cycle under Brathwaite.

“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,” Kraigg Brathwaite said.

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