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Sammy backs Holder

Published:Monday | January 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM

JOHANNESBURG (CMC):Former West Indies one-day skipper Darren Sammy has pledged his full support for new captain Jason Holder as the team prepares for the prestigious ICC Cricket World Cup.

"It's not an easy job. I think everyone knows that. It's probably one of the most difficult jobs, captaining the West Indies. You carry the hopes and aspirations of all the people of the West Indies and millions more who support us all over the world," the 31-year-old St Lucian noted. "But it is a great job, a wonderful opportunity to serve your people and do something very special on the cricket field and make a positive impact on the lives of so many people."

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Holder was a surprising announcement as the new West Indies one-day captain, replacing Dwayne Bravo, who took over from Sammy in May 2013. The 23-year-old has played only three Tests and 21 ODIs.

"Jason is a great young man and a very smart and intelligent cricketer and I know he is ready to take on the role," Sammy said. "He is a student of the game and is always looking to learn and bring new ideas to the group. He's imaginative, creative, and a very good listener and this is very good.

"When his time comes to lead the ODI team, I will make sure I support him and make sure the team rallies around him and gives their full support. Hopefully, he will take the ODI side forward."