The latest storm swirling around West Indies cricket is that legendary former batsman Desmond Haynes has accused the West Indies Cricket Board of not having a good enough system in place to support the young and inexperienced new captain Jason Holder.
Haynes also called for better support for Stafanie Taylor, the West Indies women’s team captain.
West Indies men embark on a tour of Sri Lanka this week and the furor Haynes has caused is another example of the squabbling that surrounds the West Indies cricket scene.
Holder, 23, is the youngest ever West Indies Test captain and he takes over from Denesh Ramdin after playing only eight Tests and 33 one-day international matches.
However, Richard Pybus, the WICB director disagrees with Haynes’s claims, pointing out that legendary former captain Clive Lloyd – who is the current chairman of selectors – was already appointed to help Holder and Taylor.
“As a legend of the game, a successful international captain and in the role of convenor of selectors, Clive is uniquely placed to give valuable insight and we have encouraged Jason to lean on his wisdom, so he can manage the transition to the leadership position,” Pybus said. “Clive is also available to Stafanie, but we will also work with her to identify a suitable mentor going forward.”
Pybus added that he is confident both Holder and Taylor will succeed in their new roles.
West Indies will play a couple of Tests, three one-day internationals and a couple of Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) starting from Oct. 14.
The squad arrives in Sri Lanka on Thursday. West Indies hope to catch the Lankans at a low after their recent 2-1 Test series loss to India.
Sri Lanka’s biggest recent blow was the loss of Kumar Sangakkara who retired after playing the first two Tests against India.