Antigua, Feb 6: Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, Dave Cameron on Tuesday criticised the ICC's decision to ban captain Jason Holder for the third Test against England in St Lucia.
The all-rounder was suspended and fined 40 per cent of his match fee for a slow over-rate during the Caribbean side's famous 10-wicket thrashing of England in the second Test at Antigua.
“We will, of course, abide by the ICC ruling, but we have to wonder if such punitive action at a pivotal stage of the series is good for cricket,” St. Lucia Times quoted him as saying.
“What a shame if the series is remembered not for the sparkling play of the reinvigorated West Indies players but for a crippling decision made by a rule that ought to be modified,” he added. The ICC said in a statement on Monday that the Windies were two overs short of their target for the match and also fined all of the hosts' other players 20 percent of their match fees.
The all-rounder was also slapped with a one-match suspension as the over-rate breach was West Indies’ second in 12 months. Cameron advised Holder to use the break to recuperate for the pending five-match One-Day International series.
“Jason now has the opportunity to benefit from resting his body over the period of the next Test and be well prepared for the upcoming ODI series against England which begins on February 20,” Cameron said.
Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the side in Holder's absence, with seamer Keemo Paul called up to replace Holder in the squad. (UNI)