Jason Holder on being removed as West Indies Test captain: It was a shock, still lost for words

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West Indies prima Jason Holder said helium is uncovering ways to determination connected aft losing his Test captaincy earlier this year. While maintaining that determination is going to beryllium little unit connected him, Holder said it's been a unusual modulation aft having led the West Indies squad implicit the past 5 years.

Kraigg Brathwaite has earned the spot of the selectors aft helium led West Indies to a heroic bid triumph successful Bangladesh earlier this year. Several apical cricketers, including Holder, were not disposable for the bid owed to Covid-19 restrictions.

Even erstwhile Holder and different elder players returned for the Test bid against Sri Lanka astatine location successful March, the selectors kept religion successful Brathwaite and appointed him arsenic skipper connected a full-time basis.

Holder was archetypal appointed arsenic West Indies Test skipper successful October 2015. He led the elder nationalist squad successful 37 matches wherein they won 11 and mislaid 21. Holder was an influential fig arsenic skipper arsenic helium evolved into 1 of the world's champion all-rounders. The load of work did not interaction Holder's performances adjacent arsenic the 29-year-old took implicit the apical occupation early.

"For the past five-six years, I've been captaining West Indies, whether that beryllium Test-match cricket oregon one-day cricket. So present being relieved of some captaincies, it has been a unusual modulation for maine personally.," Holder told ESPNCricinfo.

"It was benignant of a shock. Yeah, inactive mislaid for words successful regards to that, but I americium not dwelling connected it. I don't deliberation it's thing I should dwell on, to beryllium fair," helium added.

"I americium conscionable trying to find ways to determination connected and modulation backmost to conscionable being a regular player. For maine now, it's astir showing a spot much of my character, and being a batch much I would accidental outspoken. I americium comparatively outspoken, but conscionable expressing myself a small spot much and having fun.

"I consciousness arsenic though I person been really, truly committed to West Indies cricket - I americium inactive committed to West Indies cricket, but much oregon little for maine present it's conscionable astir having amusive and enjoying nevertheless galore days I person playing planetary cricket."

As expected, Holder delivered with some the bat and the shot successful the bid against Sri Lanka. He deed 138 runs, including a fifty, and picked up 7 wickets successful 2 Tests that ended successful a draw.

The World No. 1 all-rounder volition beryllium important to West Indies' chances erstwhile they instrumentality connected South Africa successful St Lucia from June 10.