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Holder banned from third Test in St. Lucia because of Windies’ slow over-rate


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LONDON, Feb 3, CMC – West Indies captain Jason Holder has paid the price for his team’s slow over rate in the just concluded second Test against England in Antigua, having been banned from playing in the third and final Test.

The International Cricket Council made the decision to ban Holder for one game following his side’s slow over rate in the Antigua Test, which the Windies won by 10 wickets to seal the three-match series and reclaim the Wisden Trophy.

Holder claimed 4-32 to help bowl England out for 132 in Antigua on Saturday.

It is the second time the West Indies skipper has been punished for his team’s slow over rate. He missed the second Test in New Zealand in December 2017 after also being banned for a slow over-rate offence.

The 27-year-old Holder is the leading run scorer in the series with 229 runs at an average of 114.50 and has also taken seven wickets at an average of 17.

Vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite is expected to lead the West Indies in his absence.

The third Test will bowl off on Saturday in St. Lucia.


West Indies captain Jason Holder banned for third Test in Saint Lucia

(BBC) — West Indies captain Jason Holder will miss the final Test against England after being banned by the International Cricket Council.

The all-rounder, 27, will serve a one-match suspension for his side’s slow over-rate in the 10-wicket win in the second Test in Antigua.

The third Test in St Lucia starts on Saturday, with West Indies 2-0 up in the series.

Holder is the leading run-scorer with 229 at an average of 114.50.

He has been a central figure in West Indies securing a first series win over England since 2009, and their first over any side other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe since 2012.

Holder was named man of the match after making an unbeaten 202 and taking two wickets in the 381-run win in the first Test, a performance which took him to the top of the ICC rankings for Test all-rounders.

Holder claimed 4-32 to help bowl England out for 132 in Antigua on Saturday before West Indies sealed victory with two days to spare.

He missed the second Test in New Zealand in December 2017 after being banned for a slow over-rate offence.


BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

There will be people who look at this and say it’s petty, that it’s a great shame that Jason Holder can’t arrive in St Lucia with his team 2-0 up and try and beat England again.

But the fact is the West Indies over-rate in the Antigua Test match was very slow indeed.

If they let Holder off this time and set some sort of precedent, what happens the next time the ICC tries to punish a captain?

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One comment

  1. Malcolm L'Overture

    Jack Warner once said "Nobody in Europe likes England. England - who invented the sport - has never had any impact on world football. England at no time has had the love and support of Europe. For Europe, England is an irritant." Jack is so right about this. You see the English just love to complain and moan when they don't get their way. To them, it's either our way or no way. I Not surprised at Jason Holder's omission from the upcoming third Test in St Lucia.

    The West Indies team with their indomitable spirit were able to vanquish an irritable foe over the weekend in a Test series where the tetchy English media and pundits gave our boys no chance at all. The Windies under it's inspirational captain Jason Holder worked hard in turning things around and hence the success which was achieved in 3 days. Jason and the team have worked really hard. They have gone the extra mile to ensure that the West Indies comes out on top and for that, we should all be grateful in the Caribbean. Hats off to them!

    The boastful English who have nothing to offer anyone except bravado and hot air is anything but graceful in defeat. They cannot accept being beaten especially by a team of 11 black men from the Caribbean. One just has to look at the current English team to see where I am coming from. There aren't any black players on the team. The powers that be in English cricket goes all out to ensure that the bulk of their players are Caucasians with a couple of token Asians in there. The English have not learned anything from their brutal colonial past. They keep repeating the same bloody mistakes with great aplomb. The commentary has been so biased and lopsided that on numerous occasions I have been left with no alternative but to switch the volume off while I watch the match. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see the English being defeated by the very people they once conquered and committed endless atrocities against. Yes, They enslaved our ancestors and killed millions of my African cousins in the brutal transatlantic slave trade. Now the descendants of these brave men and women who settled on our beautiful islands many moons ago are ensuring that they rightfully avenge for the abomination that was perpetrated against our people. We are taking on the English and beating them at their national game. There's is nothing sweeter than that. Our ancestors will be well proud of us wherever they are in the unseen universe around us.

    It was not that long ago an English cricket captain was penalised for slow over rate. He was only fined and allowed to get on with things. He was allowed to continue playing. No one said anything nor did the English gutter press called for him to be omitted from the team. You see this is the double standard that annoys me and millions of other Caribbean supporters of the Windies Cricket team. Why should there be one law for the English and another law for us in the West Indies?

    Jason Holder, in my opinion, has done nothing wrong. His only wrong in the eyes of the intolerant ICC is to beat England. As far as they are concerned this should not be happening. The ICC is run by the English and their cohorts who are of the same pigmentation. They are birds of a feather who normally flock together. Peas from the same pod. Everything has to go their way. Jason is a good team leader and I am hugely impressed with him. I admire his skills and talent. He is affable and amiable and possesses reservoirs of both tap and untapped talent. His double century was very well put together and showed his true class. This young man has a very rosy future if he continues to bat like this. His bowling has been crucial at times in helping to bring victory to the West Indies.

    The last Test match was over in three days. How long were the ICC expecting it to last had they bowled at a faster rate? Had they bowled at a faster rate the game would have been over in two days I am assuming. There is no justification for banning Jason Holder for the next game in St Lucia. This has nothing to do with cricket and all to do with English national pride being wounded. There have been other cases where teams have not completed the day's full over rate and their captain has not been banned. The English losers' scorn for losing is pure sour grapes. They have gone all out to besmirch Jason's flawless reputation.

    Back in the day when We ruled the cricket world, they brought in all sorts of rules to curtail our progress. No longer could our bowlers bowl bouncers. Other measures were put in place to undermine West Indies cricket. Despite that, the Windies were still able to maintain their dominance of the game. West Indies produced the best bowling attack in the 70's and 80's. Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Colin Croft, and Andy Roberts bowled pace like fire and were legends of the Caribbean. They represented our region well. Our batsmen were also on fire. Vivian Richards batted brilliantly and so did Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge, Roy Frederiks, and Clive Lloyd to name a few.

    Clive Lloyd took on men from the Caribbean and molded them into world beaters. He talked the talk and walked the walk. He created a team which was the envy of the cricket world. A Team which made us all proud to be West Indians especially those of us who lived in England during that era. For the past 10 years, our cricket has been in decline due to poor batting and bowling. We have not been producing the pedigree of players like we use to before. The performances have been below par. But it looks like things are about to change. We are now beginning to produce the caliber of players who can hold their own. Bowlers like Shannon Gabriel who bowls his heart out, Kemar Roach who gets the wickets and young Alzarri Joseph who bowls quick and hits the deck. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sympathy and condolences to him on the passing of his mother. I trust that he will stay strong and firm. He took the final catch in the last Test to dismiss England. I salute Alzarri Joseph. He is set to become a great bowler in the future.

    The English have refused to give credit to the West Indies team. They keep going on about what went wrong for them. It's all about drop catches and poor batting. Not once have they said that they have been undone and beaten by a better team. Their commentators have afforded little respect to the Windies. They have all ganged up on our boys to ensure that they lose faith and morale for Saturday's game in St Lucia. The twisted and narrow-minded ICC will always Play ball with the English. I am calling on the West Indies Team to put on their best performance come the third Test and to once more come out on top. Let's show the bombastic and cocky English that we can do it again - Let us whitewash them and teach them a lesson. Please do it for the entire West Indies Nation starting from Guyana in the South To the Bahamas in the north.

    I am appealing to the ICC to rescind and revoke their hasty decision to ban our inspirational captain from participating in the Third Test in St Lucia. You have no right to ban him. This simply isn't cricket. It's grossly unfair.

    Big Up Our West Indies Team. Go On and Win the Next Game. Let's show the World.
    West Indies We Love!

    Viva West Indies My Beautiful land!

    Malcolm L'Overture
    Haitian-Lucian - West Indian
    Paris France


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