West Indies One-Day International captain Jason Holder says he would have to give it some thought if he were offered the regional Test captaincy.
Holder, who took over the captaincy of the ODI side from Dwayne Bravo following the ill-fated aborted tour of India last October, suggested during an ESPNCricinfo interview that captaining the ODI side was already a big challenge in itself.
“I will just take it as it comes. If it comes to a situation where I can take over from Denesh [Ramdin] when he is finished, then I’d have to think about it and decide. The ODI captaincy is a big challenge for the time being, and I’m really relishing it,” he said.
Holder said he was hopeful that West Indies cricket would once again be a powerful force within the next five years. His bowling mentor Sir Curtley Ambrose had suggested in his autobiography Time To Talk that it would take 15.
“Fifteen years is an extremely long time. I think if we can work hard and put certain things in place in terms of our physical fitness and patterns of our cricket, we will be back among the best –– across all formats –– within five years.
“As individuals and as a team, we have to take the time to do this –– and do it right. We will reap success by pushing ourselves hard and going the extra mile when it seems really difficult to go the extra mile. That’s what will get us to No. 1, in all formats,” he said.
The lanky allrounder also spoke highly of compatriot Shai Hope who he saw as having a bright international future.
“I’ve played a lot of cricket alongside and against Shai. He is ready for international cricket, after a prolific run at first-class and one-day level in recent years. He has scored a good few centuries too, which always bodes well for big runs on the biggest stage. If allowed the chance, he will go far.”
Comparing the imminent Caribbean Premier League and the Indian Premier League in which he has played for the Chennai Super Kings and Hyderabad Sunrisers, Holder said the regional competition was his preference.
“The IPL is always going to speak for itself, being the biggest domestic T20 tournament in the world. But I prefer the Caribbean Premier League. Playing in front of your home crowd, with familiar faces and at familiar grounds, makes for a great atmosphere. Nothing can compare to the CPL in terms of those aspects.