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West Indies pace bowler Jason Holder has replaced all-rounder Dwayne Bravo as the country’s ODI captain.
The decision comes after chief selector Clive Lloyd recommended that Holder take over as ODI captain, especially since the West Indies only won 12 of the 27 games they played during Bravo’s tenure as captain.
“Jason is one of the good, young players who we believe will form part of the long-term future of West Indies Cricket,” Lloyd said. “We expect him to be around for a very long time. He is a young man with a very bright future. We have invested in him. He was part of High Performance Centre and he also played for the West Indies Under-19 Team and the West Indies A Team.
“He has played ODIs for the West Indies before and has done well. We know he will continue to grow and demonstrate leadership. He has a very good cricketing brain and has the makings of a very good leader.
“The selectors decided that now is the time to make the transition and Jason will have people around him to help and guide him. Some might say it’s close to the time of next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but we know that we have a good One-Day team which can do very well.”
Bravo, who replaced Darren Sammy as ODI captain in May 2013, has been left out of the squad for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa. However, he has been included in the national team for the three-match Twenty20 series, which gets underway on January 9 in Cape Town.
Just like Bravo, Sammy and all-rounder Kieron Pollard have been excluded from the ODI squad, but included in the Twenty20 side.
Jonathan Carter earned his maiden ODI call-up, while all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine has been drafted into the side as well after scoring two successive first-class centuries for Guyana in the Professional Cricket League.
Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who last played international cricket in June 2011, has been included in the Twenty20 squad.
It has also been announced that flamboyant opening batsman Chris Gayle, who is currently nursing a back injury, will have to undergo a fitness test before a decision is taken on whether he will feature in the limited overs portion of the series.
However, the biggest surprise was the fact the off-spinner Sunil Narine was not named in either squad. Narine has not played any international cricket since he was withdrawn from the tour of India in October after being reported for a suspect action in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20).
West Indies ODI squad: Jason Holder (capt), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Narsingh Deonarine, Leon Johnson, Chris Gayle (subject to fitness test), Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor
West Indies T20 squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle (subject to fitness test), Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith