Sammy shows Holder much needed support

West Indies allrounder Darren Sammy urged everyone in the current West Indies squad, from players to team-management, to support young captain Jason Holder as the team go through tough times..

The Caribbean Islanders lost their first match of the World Cup to cricketing minnows Ireland in Nelson on Monday. That result came off the back of a disastrous tour of South Africa, in which they lost a five-match ODI series four-one.

It was before the South African tour that 23 year-old Holder was appointed as the new ODI captain, taking over from Dwayne Bravo, who was thought to be dropped for disciplinary issues.

Sammy feels it is the duty of everyone, especially the senior players to help and also encourage him when times seem tough.

The West Indies T20 captain, Sammy said:"You just need that spark and… we as a group have got to carry him through. He's young, he didn't ask to be put in that situation and as one who has been in that situation, I know what that feels like.

"I will try my best to help him along and also encourage the team to help him along because captaining the West Indies is a very, very tough job."

The West Indies next match at the global tournament, which is being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, is against Pakistan in Christchurch on Saturday.