Jason Holder has been on the road for a long time, probably the longest amongst cricketers since cricket resumed amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. West Indies was the first international team to travel in the pandemic era.
Jason Holder led the side to England in early July and they also won the first Test. However, the hosts came back to win the next two Test matches and took the series by the end of July. Then he returned to Trinidad to lead Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in August.
As soon as the CPL ended, he left for UAE to play for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The all-rounder provided the much-needed balance to David Warner’s side as SRH finished third on the points table and won the Eliminator against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore before losing to Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2.
Holder’s voyage continued as he flew straight to New Zealand for a 2-match Test series – which West Indies lost. To make some more cash, the Barbadian is set to make his debut in the Big Bash League 2020-21 for the Sydney Sixers before the tour to Bangladesh. Since the dates of the series in Bangladesh are not yet announced, the 29-year-old is uncertain as to when he will meet his family again.
I haven’t seen home in six months now: Jason Holder
After West Indies’ innings loss against New Zealand, Holder told reporters that it has been a tough year for everyone. He revealed that he hasn’t seen his family for six months since leaving home in July.
The lanky all-rounder has moved from one bio-bubble to another and had to adhere to protocols to different countries during this time. He has spent a lot of time in the hotel rooms during quarantine periods, and as players were not allowed to meet people outside their bubble.
As quoted by news agency, Reuters, Jason Holder said, “It has been a tough year. Not just for the team but for me personally. I haven’t seen home in six months now. I have been going non-stop. Going from bubble to bubble and being isolated into a hotel room, it sometimes gets smaller and smaller by the second.”
Because the West Indies board announced a 50% pay cut for their players owing to the losses in by the COVID-19 outbreak, Holder has to play in the T20 leagues to make extra money as he now travels to Australia for the BBL. However, the West Indies skipper has tried to enjoy every game and give his best in whatever opportunity he gets.
“It’s a situation where you’re still trying to make a living and make use of every opportunity you get. At this point, I am still enjoying it. Still enjoying moving around. I’m trying to make use of every opportunity I get and hope it works out for me” added the West Indies Test skipper, Jason Holder.