Kraigg Brathwaite has been named by Cricket West Indies as captain for the final Test against England in St. Lucia following Jason Holder’s surprise suspension by the ICC.
In a case similar to Proteas captain Faf du Plessis’s suspension for the final Test of Pakistan’s tour of South Africa, the ICC decided to punish West Indies captain Holder for slow over rates during the second Test in Antigua that was concluded within three days. He will be replaced by Brathwaite at the helm – who has captained the home side in four previous Test matches.
20-year-old paceman Keemo Paul – following his scintillating form in domestic first-class cricket – has also been added to the West Indies squad as the hosts look to record an unlikely whitewash of the visiting Englishmen with a win at the Daren Sammy National cricket stadium in St. Lucia.
‘With Jason Holder missing out on the last Test, Kraigg Brathwaite will take the reins of captaincy,’ said Courtney Browne, the West Indies chairman of selectors. ‘We also welcome Keemo Paul back to the squad. He is having a good showing in the West Indies first-class championship at the moment.
‘The panel takes this opportunity to congratulate the team and the support staff for the series victory and wish them all the best for the third and final match of the series.’
The third Test between West Indies and England will begin on Saturday, with the home team holding an unassailable 2-0 lead going to St. Lucia.
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