Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite has been named official captain of the West Indies Test, replacing Jason Holder as skipper.
Brathwaite is the 37th player to be named West Indies Men’s Test captain and steps into the role having already led them seven times in Holder’s absence.
He recently steered them to a 2-0 series victory in Bangladesh and his next assignment will be to defeat Sri Lanka in the Caribbean when their two-try streak kicks off later this month.
“It is a tremendous honor to receive the title of West Indies Test team captain,” said Brathwaite. “I am extremely proud and honored that the Board of Directors and Selectors have given me the opportunity and responsibility to lead the team.
“The recent test series victory in Bangladesh was a fantastic achievement and I am really looking forward to making the next series at home against Sri Lanka and I am excited about what I think this team can accomplish there. ‘to come up.”
West Indies (CWI) Cricket Head Selector Roger Harper pointed to the West Indies’ recent success in Bangladesh as proof of Brathwaite’s suitability for the role.
“We all think Kraigg is the right person to lead our test team at this point and I am delighted that he has taken on the role,” Harper said. “In the recent round of testing against Bangladesh, Kraigg was able to motivate his players to play at a very high level and create the culture that we seek to establish where the team has shown a collective determination to fight. and a real thirst for success. “
Holder was thanked by CWI cricket director Jimmy Adams for all he accomplished during his 37 load tests – the fifth most by a West Indies Test captain.
“On behalf of CWI, I want to thank Jason for all he has given to the game in the region as captain of our test team,” said Adams. “Throughout his five and a half year tenure, he has led with dignity while upholding the highest values in sport.”
He added that Holder still had an important role to play on the test team.
“As the world leader in multipurpose testing, we all believe that Jason still has a huge role to play in West Indies Test Cricket for many years to come.