Holder named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year

West Indies' Jason Holder during a press conference at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton, Britain, June 13, 2019.
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Former West Indies Test Captain, Jason Holder has been named as one of Wisden’s five Cricketers-of-the-Year, further bolstering his status as one of the world’s elite players.

The 29-year-old was announced last week on the prestigious list, joining Englishman Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and Darren Stevens, along with Pakistani’s Mohammed Rizwan, as the most influential players identified by cricket’s most respected authoritative voice.

Holder becomes the third West Indian player in the last nine years to cop the award, joining teammates Shai Hope (2018) and now retired stroke-maker, Marlon Samuels.

Holder, one of West Indies’ youngest ever Test captains, has risen to become one of the Caribbean side’s leading players and currently sits on top of the International Cricket Council’s Test all-rounder rankings.

The former Test captain, who was replaced for the Bangladesh two-Test series by Kraigg Braithwaite earlier this year, is currently campaigning in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Sunrisers Hyderabad, said he was delighted with the honor especially after the “blood, sweat and tears” he had left on the field.

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