Jason Holder was named as the new captain of the West Indies one-day squad on Saturday, taking over from Dwayne Bravo, who has been axed after his high-profile role in October’s India tour fiasco. Bravo, along with his brother Darren Bravo, Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard were dropped from the ODI squad.
Holder, will lead the West Indies into their five-game series against South Africa in January before heading the squad at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.
“Jason is one of the good, young players who we believe will form part of the long-term future of West Indies cricket. We expect him to be around for a very long time. He is a young man with a very bright future. We have invested in him. The selectors decided that now is the time to make the transition and Jason will have people around him to help and guide him. Some might say it’s close to the time of next year’s World Cup but we know that we have a good one-day team which can do very well,” said Clive Lloyd, the chairman of selectors.
The new-look West Indies squad also features Jonathan Carter, Carlos Brathwaite and Narsingh Deonarine for their strong recent performances. Sulieman Benn is the lone specialist spinner in the ODI squad as there are no signs of Sunil Narine coming back into the squad before the World cup.
West Indies ODI squad:
Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Narsingh Deonarine, Leon Johnson, Chris Gayle, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor; 15th man TBA.
West Indies Twenty20 squad:
Darren Sammy (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle (subject to fitness test), Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.