West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite has been named full-time Test skipper, after he lead the side to a memorable 2-0 win in Bangladesh. The 28-year-old takes over from all-rounder Jason Holder. The latter had led the side in 37 Tests, since taking over from Denesh Ramdin in 2015, and under him West Indies won 11 matches, while losing 21.
On the other hand, Brathwaite had lead the side on seven occasions in the absence of Holder. Jimmy Adams, CWI Director of Cricket, heaped rich praises on Holder for serving the West Indies team as captain in his five-and-a-half-year tenure.
“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. 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 all-rounder, we all believe that Jason still has a tremendous role to play in West Indies Test Cricket for many years to come.”
Roger Harper, CWI Lead Selector, sung praises for the new captain, saying that he is the right man to lead the West Indies Test side.
“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. 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.”
Kraigg Brathwaite, has said that becoming the captain of the Test team was an honour for him.
“It is a huge honour to be given the Captaincy of the West Indies Test team. 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.”