West Indies Captain Jason Holder Speaks

“I’m Still Pretty Young And Finding My Feet”

The sixth edition of the ICC World Twenty20 International cricket tournament got under way in India on 8 March and is set to end 8 April 2016.

The tournament matches will be staged in seven Indian cities, with the final to be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

It will feature sixteen teams. Ten teams qualified automatically through their status as full members of the International Cricket Council while another six qualified through the 2015 World Twenty20 Qualifier.

Photo Credit: Jamaica Observer.
Photo Credit: Jamaica Observer.

Already, the cricket atmosphere in India is infused with excitement and predictions of the winner of the tournament are numerous and varied.

Many of the players will be parading their skills and talents for the first time in this type of tournament.

One of them is Jason Holder, the 24-year-old West Indies Tests and One Day International team (ODI) Captain.

Holder made his ODI debut for the West Indies against Australia in January 2013 and has since then been a fixture on the West Indies team.

On the threshold of a World Twenty20 debut, Holder in an interview sounded off on his position as a captain and gave his take on the current tournament.

Quizzed on his leadership role of the West Indies team at such a young age Holder said, “I’ve known these people for some time now, so I just try to communicate and get the job done.”

“I’m still pretty young and finding my feet, and there’ve been so many players helping me in my journey. It’s been good and I hope to continue on that path,” he added.

Further, Holder explained that although the current West Indies squad on tour has not played together for any long period of time and Darren Sammy will be leading the team in the ICC World Twenty20 International cricket tournament it isn’t a problem.

“It shouldn’t be difficult for him [Sammy],” he said.

“The best thing about us now is that we have guys who have either played together or against each other in various T20 leagues,” he said further.

“We know each other really well and had a very good camp in Dubai, where we won the four games we played. We are all ready for this tournament,” posited Holder.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan
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