Jason Holder has been appointed as the new Test skipper for West Indian Test side replacing Denesh Ramdin ahead of the tour of Sri Lanka.
Holder was given the role of captaincy just before the start of the ICC Cricket world cup 2015 and West Indies ended their run in the quarter-finals losing against New Zealand.
Ramdin captained West Indies in 13 Tests off which he tasted success in just four games, losing seven while managing draws in the remaining two. Ramdin retains his place in the squad for Sri Lanka, but the selection committee felt the need for a shift in captaincy. The expectations will be high on Holder, but the youngster seemed to enjoy the challenges presented by captaincy in the ODI format.
Clive Lloyd, the chief West Indies selector, expressed the view that Holder’s elevation to Test captaincy was with an eye on the future. “He is a young man that all of the selectors, people in the Caribbean and worldwide believe has several of the qualities that can take our team forward,” said Lloyd to windiescricket.com.
“We felt the time was right for a change and we feel he will do as well as he did when he was elevated to the position of One-day International captain ahead of the World Cup,” Lloyd explained. “We had a number of detractors when he was appointed ODI captain, but he showed during the ODI series in South Africa and the World Cup that he had the qualities that were needed to take our team forward,” Lloyd added.
West Indies Test squad: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajindra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican.