ANTIGUA – International Cricket Council has put a ban on West Indies captain Jason Holder for the third and final test match between West Indies and England. The one match ban on the all-rounder was imposed due to a very slow over-rate in the second test in Antigua. In this test, West Indies defeated England with 10 wickets and gained an unassailable lead in the test series. West Indies cricket team members, as well as supporters, are criticizing this ban on an in-form all-rounder.
In Holder’s absence, the opener Kraigg Brathwaite would take the responsibility of the WI captain. He had earlier captained the West Indies team in November against Bangladesh but his team faced a 2-0 defeat in the series. Holder is in a fantastic form and he gave an excellent performance with the ball in the Antigua test which got reflected in his bowling figure of 4 for 32. With the help of his excellent bowling spell, England bowled out for 132 runs in the second innings and lost the test match to WI with on the third day of the test match.
Jason Holder has done an excellent job in the series and showed his magic with both the ball as well as the bat. In the first match, he scored 202 not out and took two wickets which led West Indies to register a 381-run victory. It is not for the first time that he will miss a test match due to a slow over-rate ban. In December 2017 also, he also faced a ban in the Second Test in New Zealand for the same mistake. By imposing a one-match ban on Captain Jason Holder, ICC has given a strict message that even team captains will not be spared when there is a question of following the game rules on the ground.