Sir Lloyd: WI erred in omitting Chemar Holder

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West Indies’ Chemar Holder bowls to New Zealand during play on the first day of their second cricket test in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.
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Sir Clive Lloyd, the legendary former West Indies captain believes the selectors have erred in overlooking young fast bowler Chemar Holder for the Test tour of Bangladesh.

He questioned the wisdom of the selectors of including three left-arm spinners in the 15-man squad.

Sir Clive said playing on the flat Bangladesh pitches would have been a developmental experience for the 22-year-old Holder, building on his debut on the bouncier pitches on the tour of New Zealand last month.

Former West Indies captain, Sir Clive Lloyd.  Associated Press / Matt Dunham, File

“I was a little bit disappointed that the young Holder wasn’t chosen because you don’t want to take people on tours where the wickets are all bouncy and flying around,” said the 76-year-old former West Indies captain, who was recently speaking on the Mason and Guest radio show in Barbados.

Barbadian Holder is a quick right-arm bowler, who toured England last July for the three Tests series without breaking into the final XI, before making his debut in the second Test against New Zealand at Wellington.

He snapped up two wickets in his only outing as West Indies crashed to an innings and 12-run defeat to lose the series 2-0.

While Holder was named in the 15-man squad for the one-day series in Bangladesh, chief selector Roger Harper said he was left out of the Test squad because his panel had focused on an attack “more suited to the conditions which we are likely to come up against.”

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