Test captain Holder axed from T20 squad to play New Zealand
West Indies head coach Phil Simmons said Test Captain Jason Holder was not considered for selection to the West Indies Twenty20 squad for the three-match series in New Zealand later this month because of the tight logistics.
Holder, 28, has showed form in the shortest format during the year but was not among a 14-man squad named for the Nov. 27-30 series in Auckland and Mount Maunganui.
Simmons explained that with the limited turnaround times between the end of the Twenty20 series and the start of the two-Test series on Dec. 3, a decision was taken not to allow Holder to feature.
He told reporters in an online media conference that the Twenty20 series finishes a day or two before the first Test match with Holder being captain of the Test team, a decision was taken by the selection panel that Holder will not be considered for that part.
The head coach said Holder is always in consideration for Twenty20s. He has had two good years at the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and now his having a good tournament at the IPL.
Holder is known more for his exploits in the longest format where he tops the ICC’s all-rounder charts but has already played 17 Twenty20 Internationals, with varying levels of success.
Holder, who played for the Sunrisers in the IPL failed to make it to the finals as they were beaten by Delhi Capitals on Sunday.
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