Andrew Mason, veteran cricket commentator and host of the weekly program, Mason and Guests, is not impressed with the newly appointed West Indies cricket captain Jason Holder, and moreover, has questioned his leadership skills.
The noted commentator has no interest in joining the praise choir of cricket pundits around the Caribbean region who have heaped praise and spoken about the newly appointed West Indies captain in glowing terms.
The 23-year-old Holder, a Barbadian and fellow compatriot of Mason, was recently made captain of both West Indies Test and One Day International (ODI) team.
He became the youngest ever West Indies captain after the sacking of both Dwayne Bravo and Denesh Ramdin who were the captains of the ODI and Test team, respectively.
Holder made his ODI debut against Australia in January 2013 and soon after, on January 15, 2014, his T20I debut against New Zealand. In addition, he made his test debut against New Zealand in the same year, on June 26, 2014.
The young West Indies captain now boasts playing for the following teams: West Indies, Barbados, Barbados Tridents, BCA President’s XI, Chennai Super Kings, Combined Campuses and Colleges, Sagicor High Performance Centre, Sunrisers Hyderabad, West Indies A, West Indies Under-19s.
The 6’ 7” (2.01 m) captain and bowling all-rounder has had impressive performance in all formats of the game. His current test batting average is 34.54 with the highest score of 103 not out against England. He has had three 5 wickets haul in first class games with his best performance with the ball being 5 for 48.
However, despite Holder’s cricket résumé, Mason is not big on the W.I. captain and believes he doesn’t have what it takes to lead the regional side.
Furthermore, he describes young Holder as a bits and pieces player.
“We have people all around the region, Ian Bishop and company saying how fantastic this guy is. I think he’s an ordinary cricketer, he can bat, he can bowl, he’s a Darren Sammy,” said Mason.
Former West Indies batsman and Captain Brian Lara who threw his full support behind Holder at the time of his appointment as West Indies captain viewed him as someone in the mold of Clive Lloyd, the legendary former West Indies captain.
“He’s very eloquent and big in stature and he reminds me of another version of a Clive Lloyd,” Lara said.
“I have a lot of belief in the fact that he can do well if he gets the support from the players but more importantly from his employers, the West Indies Cricket Board,” Lara posited.
Mason, however, maintained an opposite view to that of Lara and many others.
He believes Holder is not ready for leadership and has too much burden to bear at such a young age.
“When you look at his bowling he wouldn’t threaten you unless the pitch has a bit of bounce, he has no pace to bother you so he’s a bits and pieces cricketer,” Mason contended.
He also believed that Ramdin the former West Indies captain was a poor leader and lamented the fact that there is a crisis of leadership within West Indies cricket.
Furthermore, he argued that for West Indies to be competitive in Sri Lanka the selectors must make changes.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Editing by Jesus Chan
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