Holder backs youngsters to fire versus Pakistan

The ODI skipper wants Windies to start on a winning note

Gulf News

Dubai: West Indies ODI captain Jason Holder has kept his faith on the youngsters and believes they can live up to the expectations and produce great performances that can help the team win against Pakistan.

“Starting with T20s you have got [Rovman] Powell who had a really good CPL [Caribbean Premier League]Nicholas Pooran is also a very good talent, I think those two really stand out for me. We have just been told Kesrick Williams will replace Andre Russell who is also a very good prospect, so looking at T20 format we have got some young guys and I am excited.

“The general feeling is whoever comes in to fill the boots of those who have dropped out, they are more than capable of doing it. You know the brand of cricket we play especially in limited overs cricket, we tend to play a very vibrant brand of cricket and we entertain, and whoever is coming in has the ability to do so,” Holder said.

Team training in Dubai

The Caribbean team arrived in the UAE ahead of their schedule and are currently training at the Dubai Sports City’s ICC Cricket Academy to get acclimatised to the conditions.

Holder said the team is looking for a winning start in the shortest format of the game, which can help them do well in the rest of the series.

“I am just looking to start the series well, it is important we start the series well as a group,” he said.

The West Indies will play three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is against Pakistan.

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