Sir Clive roots for Brathwaite

West Indies' Kraigg Brathwaite walks off the field after being dismissed by England's Chris Woakes during the last day of the second cricket Test match between England and West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Monday, July 20, 2020.
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Legendary former West Indies captain, Sir Clive Lloyd has weighed in on the raging debate over the future of the West Indies Test captaincy for the two Tests against Sri Lanka staring in Antigua next month.

Lloyd believes that Kraigg Brathwaite should lead the side instead of current captain, Jason Holder.

While pointing out that Holder was competent enough to continue in the role, Sir Clive said Brathwaite’s exemplary leadership in inspiring an inexperienced side to a 2-0 whitewash of Bangladesh earlier this month, he could not be ignored by the selectors.

However, the Sir Clive, 76, said both players brought vital experience to the squad and if the selectors were keen on making a change, it was important to first sit down and discuss the matter with the players.

Holder, who has since led the side since 2015, opted out the Bangladesh tour, citing mental fatigue and concerns over the integrity of the bio-secure “bubble” for the series.

He was one of 10 players declining selection, leading to weakened sides being selected for both the ODI and Test series.

Brathwaite, however, chose to lead a 15-man Test squad which comprised four uncapped players and five others with less than 10 Tests to their names, and he attracted widespread praise for the masterful way in which he marshalled the side in both Tests.

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