Captaincy 'a big thing' for Holder
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):
Jason Holder has dismissed the idea the captaincy could prove a burden during the upcoming International Cricket Council World Cup.
The 23-year-old was appointed captain for the recent South Africa series after just two years at the international level and also leads the Caribbean side into the World Cup campaign.
However, Holder said while the role was a challenging one, he had not been unprepared for the undertaking.
"Well, it's a huge thing for me, obviously. I'm 23 years old. I'm the youngest captain ever, so it's a big thing for me. Obviously, the bigger picture is for the team to do well in this World Cup, and starting the World Cup well and carrying the momentum through," Holder told a media conference on Sunday.
"I've seen myself to be a leader in most teams I've put myself into. Having said that, I've led teams before. I led West Indies Under-19s, I was vice-captain on the West Indies 'A' team, so it's not something that I'm fresh or not accustomed to.
"Having said that, it's a big stage on the international stage. It's just about adjusting and getting that relationship between your players and myself and just trying to get the best for West Indies cricket."
Holder assumed the captaincy role at a critical point, following on from the controversial abandoned tour of India in October. He replaced Dwayne Bravo who had acted as players' spokesman during the contracts fracas with the West Indies Cricket Board and players union, West Indies Players' Association .
Understandably, the Barbadian said the decision to accept the captaincy was not a straightforward one.
"No, obviously I had to think about it. It's a delicate time on that stage," he noted.
"So I gave it some thought and spoke to a few players around the dressing room, and it came up to be my decision."