West Indies have appointed Kraigg Brathwaite as their new permanent Test captain in place of Jason Holder after the successful tour of Bangladesh under his leadership.
Having previously played the role of a stand-in captain for Holder on seven occasions, Kraigg Brathwaite will be taking full-time charge from the two-Test series against Sri Lanka, which begins on March 21.
Huge honour to be given West Indies Test captaincy: Kraigg Brathwaite
“It is a huge honour to be given the captaincy of the West Indies Test team,” Brathwaite said in a media statement. “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.”
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) March 12, 2021
Kraigg Brathwaite the right man to lead our Test side: CWI
Chief selector Roger Harper said Brathwaite’s inspirational captaincy during the tour of Bangladesh, where multiple first-choice players were missing, played a key part in making the change. West Indies pulled off memorable Test wins in Chattogram and Dhaka under Brathwaite recently.
“We all believe that Kraigg is the right man to lead our Test side at this point in time and I’m delighted that he has accepted the role,” Harper said. “In the recent Test series against Bangladesh, Kraigg was able to motivate his players to play to a very high level and create the culture we are looking to establish where the team showed a collective determination to fight and a real hunger for success.”
CWI thanks Jason Holder for his services as West Indies Test captain
Holder led West Indies in 37 Tests and oversaw 11 wins, 5 draws and 21 defeats after taking over back in 2015. The 29-year-old is one of the world’s leading Test all-rounders, with a batting average of 32.04 and 27.94 with the ball.
“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,” said Jimmy Adams, the CWI director of cricket.
“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 allrounder, we all believe that Jason still has a tremendous role to play in West Indies Test cricket for many years to come.”
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