Wallace not supportive of Holder’s captaincy

Former Barbados and West Indies opener Philo Wallace is not supportive of Jason Holder’s elevation to the Test captaincy at this juncture.

While Holder’s appointment has received approval from cricketing greats Brian Lara and Sir Vivian Richards, Wallace said it was too early to give him such a responsibility.

Philo Wallace is not sold on Jason Holder’s Test captaincy appointment.
Philo Wallace is not sold on Jason Holder’s Test captaincy appointment.

“Jason has a tremendous amount to offer West Indies cricket but we must be careful that we don’t push him too soon, which I think is what is happening here,” Wallace said.

“He has not led Barbados in the PCL (Professional Cricket League) and to give him captaincy in the longer format without the experience is too much at this stage in my opinion.

“When you look at the Barbados set up, Kraigg Brathwaite is the captain of the team in the PCL. He is the captain of the Barbados team in the longer format, Jason plays under him and now he will play under Jason in the Test team. This puts the Barbados Cricket Association in a very interesting position and they will now have to decide whether they continue with Brathwaite as captain or remove him and put Holder.”

Sir Vivian disagreed, however, and said the allrounder had the ability and was not too young for the job. Richards’ endorsement came days after Lara also approved of the new West Indies captain, who replaced Denesh Ramdin in the job.

“Well, I have heard maybe that some folks are suggesting that he is too young, but it is better to start at that particular age,” Richards said. “And if he gets lucky enough and we are successful, you have a long successful period of your captain being in place rather than the chopping and changing on a regular basis.”

Holder, 23, is West Indies second youngest Test captain, and has led the ODI side in 12 matches. He showed resilience by scoring a hundred to draw a Test against England in Antigua, and then made a counter-attacking 82 against Australia in Jamaica.

“I believe this individual does have the ability,” Richards said. “Certainly, he comes over very well and you hear about the respect factor you get from other members of the dressing room and that is of vital importance because when you have that respect, it is amazing.

“When you look and see what’s around him, when you look and see how he would have gone about his business as a batsman, you can see there is some improvement… but certainly the signs are there and I think may be it’s not a bad choice.”

Holder’s first series in charge of West Indies’ Test team will be the tour of Sri Lanka, where they play two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is in October and November.

Source: (CMC)

34 Responses to Wallace not supportive of Holder’s captaincy

  1. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins September 22, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Are you flipping serious Wallace? You cannot support your own, yet he was endorsed by former Captains of the West Indies team. Shame on you.

  2. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox September 22, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Stupid hater

  3. Alex Alleyne September 22, 2015 at 7:28 am

    We all know the Philo got a “big head but little brain” . He always had the “foot in mouth thing” from day one , so this statement should not worry Jason or the wider Caribbean .

  4. Princess Neferua
    Princess Neferua September 22, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I WAS WAITING FOR THIS…didn’t know it would be you Phillo…where were you hiding..anyway glad you are still alive…but It’s Jason Holder time to shine..he have my support ..whatever the skeptics have to say..GOD will lead Mr Jason Holder way…

  5. Violeta Patricia Piggott
    Violeta Patricia Piggott September 22, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Taught It was only my one smh

  6. Violeta Patricia Piggott
    Violeta Patricia Piggott September 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Reading some off these comments I just hope it don’t come back to haunt some off wanna Haters n has been n wanna don’t know half off the cricket he knows So Mr Wallace you know wat ur talking bout. I too don’t believe he shud be so that to some ppl wud make me also a hater lol

  7. bajanguyster September 22, 2015 at 11:32 am

    that is why you aint playning mr wallace ,if you cant support own to hell with you

  8. Tony Waterman September 22, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    If these News Agencies would stop printing what STUPID people say as NEWSWORTHY, we would’nt have to read this RUBBISH. a Captain should also be a Producer, and Ramdin did NOT Produce, so why not try someone who is Producing and who could Possibly give some Continuity to the position of Captain.

  9. dave September 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    shame on you Philo

  10. Rosalind Best
    Rosalind Best September 22, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Jason Holder will do a great job. He is young but he is quite capable of leading his team. We all need to back him up. He needs to know that the people is behind him.

  11. Viveean Foster
    Viveean Foster September 22, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    some body gotta be the hater ……..wow

  12. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Everyone is entitle to his or her opinion so why people on here fussing is ridiculous,Philo Wallace has a good point because it does put BCA in a akward position in relation to PCL captaincy when both Jason and Kraigg play at the same time for Barbados.

  13. Collin Colliie Chase
    Collin Colliie Chase September 22, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    For everything to work team selection is very important.Then comes your batting lineup if you keep batting players out of position we will continue to fall.

  14. Nathaniel Anderson September 23, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Come on, people, Philo is a commentator and has every right to express his opinion. I know that Philo is not a ‘hater’ but has represented his country fiercely.
    Consider this: put ten top cricketers in the same room and ask them to comment on a particular cricket situation and I am sure there will be at least some differences of opinion.
    Philo, to his credit, has given his reasons why Jason should not be captain. Let us respect that and move on.

  15. L.Hunte September 23, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion… are we still not in the land of free speech? For example some people agree with same sex marriage and others don’t!! I agree with Philo at this time, the last couple of Captains we had, their performances always drop because of the pressure from leading. The only way you look good as a captain is if the team performs outstanding. I would wish Jason all the best and hope that the team can rise to the occasion, making the selector’s decision a great one.

  16. BOBO The Clown September 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Mr. Wallace was never someone that not only in my opinion ,but in the opinion of others was much less of a cricketer than he himself believed. A slugger ,who if the ball was pitched up would swat at it like he was blindfolded at times. He has never had the ability to be an expert on anything that is cricket related because he like another bajan called D. Smith who would make up they minds to swipe before the bowler reached his mark .The head on his body served little purpose when it came down to thoroughly accessing any situation , but then again even a nail has a head ,so you see .
    Jason Holder is a fine young man,who every cricketer around the world thinks a great deal of. He will be a great example of what Captain should be,smart,respectful and well spoken.Wallace if you want to be noticed try something else to comment on.

  17. DavidH September 23, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Philo is correct in his statement…in my opinion. While Jason is “a good, promising player”, he has not yet established himself in the Test team. Adding the responsibility to be captain of this current team is a lot.
    So peoples…stop being narrow minded and think that every time someone says something against the “popular” that it is “hating”. Think with your head and not your heart.


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