Kraigg Brathwaite honoured to lead West Indies Test team

Kraigg Brathwaite

Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite has spoken of his pride at being offered the opportunity to lead the West Indies and follow in the footsteps of Jason Holder.

Kraigg Brathwaite’s pedigree

Brathwaite has played 66 Tests for the West Indies, has scored eight hundreds and 20 fifties with a career average of 32.57. He takes over from Jason Holder who led the side 37 times from 2015.

“I just want to thank god for giving me this opportunity, and also want to say I thought Jason Holder did a superb job leading the Test team for the last five years, so obviously taking over from him is a privilege,” Brathwaite said.

“I was very happy [to be made captain], obviously very proud, and I look forward to the challenge.”

It is an abrupt turnaround by Cricket West Indies after the organisation stripped him of the vice-captaincy in order to allow him to focus more on his batting.

The big break

However, the need for a strong leader for the contentious tour to Bangladesh over-road that after several high profile players, including Holder, withdrew from the squad due to concerns of growing numbers of Covid-19 cases in the country.

West Indies went on to comfortably win the series 2-0 despite their weakened squad and moved the powers that be to offer him the gig full time.

“Well, I really enjoyed that tour,” he said. “For me, I just made sure I let the guys know, to believe in themselves and believe in their ability.

“I’ve played youth cricket with most of those guys, and if not, first-class cricket for a number of years, so I know the ability they have. Just assured them that they can do it.

“Just trust in your plans and believe in them, and prepare well. The word attitude is always key, and I thought we did that well, and it’s important for us as a team to continue that same attitude.”