The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) has congratulated Kraigg Brathwaite on his appointment as the 37th captain of the West Indies Test team.
Jamaican Jermaine Blackwood has been named as vice-captain.
“We know this important job comes with great responsibilities on and off the field, of which Kraigg has made a wonderful start. Special thanks to our outgoing captain Jason Holder who executed his duties with dignity and pride, I wish him continued success as an all-rounder and an ambassador of our team,”
said WIPA President and CEO, Wavell Hinds.
Brathwaite has replaces Jason Holder who has captained the West Indies team in 37 Tests since his appointment in 2015. He captained in 37 Tests, leading his team to 11 wins, five draws and 21 defeats.
Brathwaite, 28, recently led the team to a 2-0 series victory over Bangladesh.
“We all believe that Kraigg is the right man to lead our Test side at this point in time and I’m delighted that he has accepted the role,”
Roger Harper, lead selector for West Indies, said.
“In the recent Test series against Bangladesh, Kraigg was able to motivate his players to play to a very high level and create the culture we are looking to establish where the team showed a collective determination to fight and a real hunger for success,”
Brathwaite, a dogged opening batsman, described being named as captain as “a huge honour”.
“I feel extremely proud and humbled that the board and selectors have given me the opportunity and responsibility to lead the team. The recent Test series win in Bangladesh was a fantastic achievement and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka, and I’m excited about what I believe this team can achieve in the future.”
Jimmy Adams, CWI director of cricket, in thanking Holder for her services as captain,
“Throughout his five-and-a-half-year tenure, he has led with dignity while always upholding the highest values of the sport”.
” As the world’s leading Test allrounder, we all believe that Jason still has a tremendous role to play in West Indies Test cricket for many years to come,”