‘Cricket is not a personal thing, we…’ Jason Holder says of West Indies’ World Cup exit

The two-time ODI West Indies World Cup winner is out of 2023 to play this year. All-rounder Jason Holder has urged his fellow cricketers to avoid the ‘provincial’ mentality and come together as ‘one region’ to improve the game after the West Indies failed to qualify for the World Cup in India.

The two-time world champions West Indies will not be part of the prestigious over-50 tournament for the first time since the inception of the World Cup in 1975. The West Indies were knocked out of the tournament after a seven-wicket defeat against Scotland in the Super Six game of World Cup qualifiers on Saturday.

The West Indies team, batting first, piled on for 181 runs, in response to which Scotland went on target with over six overs remaining. After the loss against Scotland, many West Indies players got emotional on the pitch.

Jason Holder said at the post-match press conference: “(Cricket) is not something personal or provincial. We have to come together as a region and think about how we have to move forward as a group.” Let us tell you that in the match against Scotland, Holder took a wicket apart from scoring 45 runs.

Cricket West Indies (CWI), the governing body for the West Indies cricket team, is a group of six federations, including Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, the Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Windward Islands.

All-rounder Jason Holder said his team knew the importance of the match against Scotland and they had good chances, but in the end they couldn’t win. He said: “We knew what was at stake and we had a chance to qualify. We had a chance to beat Scotland but we didn’t.”

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Holder further said: “This is probably one of the worst moments for me with the team, but you know there’s still a lot of positives. I’m really happy for Nicholas Pooran, the way he’s been throughout the tournament. It would have been Nice to see some young players get a chance on the big stage.”

Holder said that any short-term plans will not help West Indies cricket. Changes have to be made at the grassroots level. “It’s not a quick fix, it’s something we have to spend time on. As I said, development (at the base) is the most important thing, where we can put things in place,” he said. We are here and we can develop our talent. Hopefully we get the results in the coming years.”

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