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Lara backs Holder


Lara backs Holder

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SYDNEY – Former West Indies captain Brian Lara says he is impressed with current skipper Jason Holder, who is leading the regional outfit on a desperate campaign to secure a quarter final berth in the ICC World Cup taking place in New Zealand and Australia.

Lara, a West Indies batting legend, said he is impressed with the potential of the young allrounder, and he is confident Holder will develop into a good leader if he is given the backing of the board.

“I am a Jason Holder fan. I like his approach to leadership and the way he has gone about his game,” declared Lara, speaking in Australia, where he is doing analysis of the World Cup matches.

“I can see him developing into the kind of leader who will give years of service to West Indies cricket, given the right kind of support.”

Lara commended the Barbadian pacer for sensible batting against both South Africa and India where he scored half-centuries in both innings, putting several of his more illustrious teammates in the shade.

“Several of the so-called senior men on the team should hold their heads in shame after watching how sensibly he batted,” said Lara.

“They should take example from him.”

Holder, 23, became the 50-over skipper when he replaced Dwayne Bravo, who was sacked following the controversial abandoned tour of India late last year.

Former West Indies coach Gibson believes Holder could become an excellent leader over time but feels he should currently be focusing on bettering himself.

“But from all indications, he is a quick learner, and I am sure he will get it right soon,” explained Lara.

“. . . the way I see it, we have a young man with the qualities that can revive our game.”

The Caribbean cricketers are battling for a spot in the quarter-finals and need to beat United Arab Emirates convincingly and hope other results go their way in order to qualify for the next round.

They face UAE in their crucial World Cup fixture in Napier, New Zealand, on Sunday (Saturday evening Caribbean time).

“A quarter-final spot would be a good thing to have under his belt,” said Lara.

“And if West Indies get there, who knows what can happen?” (CMC)