Holder laments missed opportunity but buoyant ahead of England meeting

Superstar opener Chris Gayle poses with a fan during the abandoned ODI against Ireland. (Photo courtesy CWI Media)

BELFAST, Ireland, CMC – West Indies captain, Jason Holder, has rued the washed out One-Day International against Ireland, which robbed the Caribbean side of valuable match practice ahead of the upcoming five-match series against England.

A wet outfield caused by heavy overnight rain had initially delayed the toss yesterday at the Civil Service Cricket Club but the rains eventually returned before a scheduled 1:30 pm (8:30 am Eastern Caribbean time) inspection, forcing officials to call off the contest.

“I don’t think it was close to playable. The outfield was pretty saturated,” Holder said in reference to the ground.

“The umpires always had a concern about how wet it was and they felt it would have been a lot of slipping and sliding and didn’t want to take the risk. I couldn’t really disagree with them too much but hopefully we can go into England with some confidence.”

The fixture was an important one for Ireland who were only recently granted Test status by the International Cricket Council.

Much of their recent competition has come against former fellow Associate nations and the fixture against West Indies was an opportunity to put their kills against a full ICC member side.

Holder said he was aware of the importance of the fixture to the Irish and hoped the two teams could meet again soon.

“It’s really disappointing. I’ve heard a lot of people say the Irish Cricket Board put a lot of money into this game and it’s really unfortunate that we weren’t able to put on a show for them but hopefully in the future we can be back here and spread some joy to the Irish people.”

West Indies have had no limited overs practice as they prepare to face England in the first ODI at Old Trafford starting next Tuesday.

They fly out on Thursday to prepare for the one-off Twenty20 Internat-ional against England at Chester-le-Street on Saturday and Holder said his squad were looking forward to the next phase of the tour.

“We move on to England now. It’s a quick turnover – we came in yesterday (Tuesday) and we’re flying out tomorrow over to Durham,” he said.

“We start the T20 series there – it’s only a one-off T20 and then we’re into the five-match ODI series.”


President Granger intervenes…

The Guyana government stepped in on Friday and bailed the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) out of its financial predicament allowing for the male and female rugby teams to compete at this year’s Rugby America’s North (RAN) 7s Championship this weekend in Mexico.

Sri Lanka hold on for draw after Kohli masterclass

KOLKATA, (Reuters) – India’s captain Virat Kohli staved off the threat of defeat before their fast bowlers ensured the hosts finished on a high in the drawn opening test against Sri Lanka in an enthralling final day at the Eden Gardens yesterday.

‘Guinness Goal’ among new innovations

The 2017 edition of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ George-town Championship was officially launched yesterday at the Thirst Park Sports Club.

Witness in U.S. FIFA trial describes off-books payments to soccer officials

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – A government witness in the U.S. corruption trial related to soccer’s world-governing body FIFA testified yesterday about millions of dollars paid to former soccer officials in exchange for broadcasting and sponsorship rights for international tournaments, all logged in a secret spreadsheet.

Achievers crowned champs once again

Young Achievers Volleyball club was once again the dominant force on the Demerara volleyball circuit after downing their counterparts from the Vanguard Volleyball club in straight sets in the final of the Demerara Volleyball Association (DVA) Men’s ‘B’ division playoff played at the National Gymnasium, Sunday evening.

By ,

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now