Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 24th 2014 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Former West Indies manager
Omar Khan thinks that the
West Indies selectors have
made a senseless decision to
appoint Barbadian Jason Hold-
er as captain of the West Indies
team for the ODIs in South
Khan who managed Holder
when he took part in the Under-
19 World Cup in New Zealand
in 2010 said: "At this point in
time, it makes no sense in
changing the captain of the
T&T s Bravo who has been
captain of the ODI team for the
last year, was removed from the
position and has even been
excluded outright from the team.
Khan added: "We have the
World Cup coming up after this
tour of South Africa. You don t
team, you either build a team
before the World Cup or after.
Removing Bravo at this time
makes no sense to me."
Khan believes that Holder
could be a good leader but it is
too soon. "I think that Holder
is being rushed at this point in
time. They needed to give him
time before taking him to this
"Holder is a good leader but
I say leader very carefully. While
working with him during his
days as an Under-19 player I
found him to be a very good
student of the game and one
who always took part in team
building discussions. He would
always come out and speak
about team togetherness and
responsibility which is good but
at the under-19 level, it is a
totally different kettle of fish.
"As a leader of the senior team
he would have tremendous bur-
den to deal with and I am not
sure that this is the right time
to burden him. Jason has very
good potential and while he is
looking to make a way for him-
self on the team, he gets the
captaincy which is no easy task.
"Having said that he has
already been installed as captain
and one can only wish him all
the best and hope that the senior
guys on the team come through
and support him as he goes
about his job."
Meanwhile, West Indies
Cricket Board president Dave
Cameron says that the decision
by the board to approve a rec-
ommendation for Holder to be
appointed captain was unani-
WICB selectors, chaired by
Clive Lloyd, recommended the
23-year-old Barbados pacer as
captain of the ODI squad ahead
of the five-match series against
South Africa and just two
months before the ICC World
Cup in Australia and New
Holder takes over the reins of
team from seasoned allrounder
Dwayne Bravo who has been
sacked after just 19 months in
charge and also dropped from
the 15-man squad named to face
the South Africans.
"I don t have anything to say.
I think you should speak to the
selectors," said Cameron.
"I don t pick the team...You
will have talk to the selectors
and they will give you their phi-
losophy on why they picked the
team. It is not for the president
to talk about".
Holder has played one Test
and 21 One-Day Internationals
since making his international
debut in February last year.
He has been widely viewed
as having leadership qualities,
having already served as vice-
captain of the West Indies A
team as well as of the Barbados
Tridents in the Caribbean Pre-
"The captain of the team has
to be approved by the Board,"
"The recommendation came
(from the selectors) and the
Board were unanimous in their
Meantime the Trinidad and
Tobago director on the WICB
Baldath Mahabir has weighed
in on the debate saying that it
is very rare the board would dis-
pute the recommendations from
"What we were asked to do
was to approve the change in
captaincy. The Board does not
get involved in team selection
at all...You would have seen Mr
Lloyd s justification and the
Board approved it. It did not
come with a removal," Mahabir
"It came with a recommen-
dation for Jason Holder to cap-
tain the team and it is very rare
that the Board will turn down
a recommendation from the
PORT ELIZABETH---Robin Peterson, the
left-arm spinner, is unlikely to play in
the second Test against West Indies after
cutting his left forefinger during fielding
Peterson has had three stitches and will
need 10 days to recover.
He was the only spinner in the South
Africa squad, who will now search for a
replacement after Faf du Plessis indicated
they would not go into the Port Elizabeth
Test all-pace, as they did in Centurion.
"A frontline spinner is very important
for this ground," du Plessis said. "We feel
for Robbie. He has waited a period of time
to make his return to the Test side. Con-
ditions didn t suit in Centurion but here,
they are more likely to, so we feel for him
that he may be out."
Imran Tahir, who was dropped for this
series, appears the frontrunner. Dane Piedt,
who made a return from a shoulder injury
two weeks ago, is his closest competition.
The selectors are expected to name a
replacement later on Tuesday.
Tahir took six wickets in a first-class
match for Dolphins last weekend, while
Piedt, who claimed an eight-for on Test
debut in Harare, has been out of top-level
action since September. He has been play-
ing though and last Tuesday tweeted, "2nd
game back. Was so good. No pain and
discomfort. The comeback is around the
Peterson s injury brings the number of
walking wounded in the South African
camp to three . JP Duminy was all but
ruled out of the series with a knee problem
and Quinton de Kock rolled his ankle dur-
ing the first Test. Duminy was targeting
the Port Elizabeth Test for a comeback,
but that appears to have been delayed
until the limited-overs matches begin,
while de Kock will be out for at least six
The spate of injuries may seem bearable
with West Indies being their only assign-
ment this summer, but du Plessis
explained they know they need a fully-
fit outfit by early next year.
"You go through cycles of not having
any injuries and then all of a sudden you
have a few. We ve been very unfortunate
in the last while, he said. "We ve got quite
an important tournament coming up---
the World Cup---so we hope that s it for
injuries for now."
MELBOURNE---Brad Haddin backs the choice
of Steve Smith as Australia test captain, despite
his own claim to the role, calling it "a very brave
and very good decision."
Haddin was vice captain under Michael Clarke,
who was out of the test series against India with
a hamstring injury, but it was Smith and not
Haddin who was chosen to fill in, and taking pole
position to replace Clarke in the longer term.
Haddin, who is 12 years older than Smith, said
yesterday that Smith is "a good leader. He s only
young and he s going to get better and better in
Australia allrounder Shane Watson took a
blow to the head during training at the Mel-
bourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday and is said
to be "a bit shaken, but ok".
The 33-year-old was hit on the helmet from
a James Pattinson delivery in the nets session
as Australia prepare for the Boxing Day Test
against India, while Mitchell Starc also suffered
a nasty blow while batting at the MCG.
Pattinson s short ball floored Watson as he
landed on his backside before slowly removing
his helmet and walking out of the nets. Fol-
lowing the incident the New South Wales fast-
medium bowler was said to be visibly shaken
before being assessed by team doctor Peter
A Cricket Australia spokesperson said the
dazed Watson was "shaken but otherwise okay"
while vice-captain Brad Haddin later confirmed
his team-mate had escaped unscathed.
He told www.cricket.com.au: "I had a chat
to him---he s a bit shaken, but he s ok.
"It s just getting hit in the head - he s just
a bit shaken.
"He s shaken as anyone would be. I can t
really go into any more details because there s
no more details to give."
In light of Phillip Hughes untimely death
last month, Watson s knock underlined the
heightened emotional reactions to batsmen
being hit in the head or helmet at this time.
Watson was playing for NSW on November
25 when the Hughes was struck by the ball that
led to his tragic death and he spoke earlier this
month about the difficulties he faced in prepar-
ing mentally for the Test series against India.
He said: "It s been the most challenging,
mentally, couple of days I ve had to go through
in my career. Trying to process everything that
happened, especially being there at the SCG.
"Some guys are a bit more affected than oth-
ers, but every session we were out there you
can see everyone starting to gradually find their
feet and getting back to what we love doing.
There s a lot of inner demons we ve had to find
our way through."
The pressure is mounting on Watson to make
runs during this four-match series which Aus-
tralia now lead 2-0 - he has made 72 runs at
an average of 18 in two Tests---and there will
be more expectations on his broad shoulders
given his fellow all-rounder Mitch Marsh has
been ruled out of the third Test due to injury.
Just 10 minutes earlier---batting in the nets
alongside Watson---Starc was hit on his knee,
and limped out of the nets.
But Haddin joked: "I think he s trying to get
out of having to bowl. He s all right. He just
hit the ball onto the inside of his knee."
Australia take on India in Melbourne starting
on Friday before the final Test of the series in
Sydney from January 6.
Watson OK after
blow to head
Smith as skipper
Injured Peterson doubtful for second Test
Jason Holder...had the full support of WICB executive.
Khan says Holder
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