Windies skipper Jason Holder admitted he is honoured to lead the side in the historic pink-ball Test against Sri Lanka, as the Caribbean team prepares to mark 90 years of Test cricket.
Meanwhile, Windies leads the three-match Test series 1-0 with the third Test starting from June 23. This day marks 90 years when Karl Nunes of Jamaica led the Windies in their first Test against England at Lord’s in 1928.
“It is great to part of the 90th anniversary of West Indies Test cricket and for me, it’s a special honour to lead the team in this historic match,” Holder said. “There is a rich legacy in West Indies cricket with many of the greats of the game having graced the West Indies dressing room,” he added.
That team included some noted pioneers in regional cricket history including all-rounder, Sir Learie Constantine. It also had batsmen George Challenor and Clifford Roach, as well as the fast bowler, Herman Griffith.
“When you look back at the last 90 years we have had some great men perform some great feats. This is an occasion to pay tribute to everyone who has contributed to making our game what it is today,” Holder continued.
Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal will miss the third and final Test on the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. Match referee Javagal Srinath sanctioned him for his role. The fast bowler Suranga Lakmal is likely to take hold of the captaincy duties, as the senior campaigner Rangana Hearth is nearing fitness and is unlikely to take part in the pink-ball Test match.
Barbados will host the third and the final Test from June 23.