West Indies Test captain Jason Holder feels the Caribbeans’ tour of England is a huge step for cricket and sports in general. The 28-year-old Barbadian was speaking to the media before his side flew to the UK for a three-match Test series.
“This is a huge step forward in cricket and in sports in general as we travel over to England for this series. A lot has gone into the preparations for what will be a new phase in the game.”
Holder happy with the support West Indies has been receiving
West Indies is scheduled to play against England at a time when the world is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases. The tour was originally scheduled to be played from June 4th-29th but was rescheduled later to start from July 8th for a 21-day tour in wake of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Jason Holder explained that he was happy for the support the West Indies team has been receiving for the tour.
“I’m happy for the support and well-wishes we have been receiving from our loyal and dedicated fans once it was confirmed the tour would go-ahead. This has been a source of great inspiration.”
West Indies squad and staff tested negative for COVID-19
According to the SKY Sports report, West Indies’ entire squad and coaching staff tested negative for coronavirus before embarking out of Antigua. The Caribbeans will quarantine and train at Emirates at Old Trafford for three weeks before playing the first Test at The Ageas Bowl from July 8th.
Jason Holder, whose side hold The Wisden Trophy, having beaten England 2-1 in the Caribbean in early 2019, insisted that West Indies will give it their all to retain the trophy.
“There is expectation in the air that we will defend the Wisden Trophy and we will certainly put in the work and give it our all to keep hold of it.”
Holder also praised the West Indies players and the support staff and explained that they are looking forward to the first Test.
“We have a fantastic group of cricketers, coaches, medical staff and support staff and I know everyone is eagerly looking forward to the start of the first match when we can get back on the field of play.”