‘Bangladesh really opened our eyes to a number of things’
The series win in Bangladesh has played a big part in Kraigg Brathwaite’s permanent captaincy role in Tests for West Indies. Cricket West Indies (CWI) lead selector Roger Harper has also said the same that Bangladesh have opened their eyes to the decision.
Brathwaite was the deputy of Jason Holder in Tests. He also led the team in Holder’s absence. Then he was also removed from the vice-captain position in November last year and was given that responsibility to all-rounder Roston Chase. But neither Holder nor Chase came on the Bangladesh tour. As a result, Brathwaite was given the captaincy. Brathwaite, who lost his vice-captaincy earlier, became the permanent captain.
Seeing Brathwaite’s performance in Bangladesh, Harper said the way the captain selection helped the West Indies, “Bangladesh really opened our eyes to a number of things. What we saw was a team playing with passion, playing with determination, rallying around each other, great teamwork, and showing a great desire to succeed. Kraigg played a major part in that.”
“We also saw Kraigg’s batting returning to the sort of form that we expect and look forward to. He handled the responsibility very well and I expect big scores to come from Kraigg in the very near future. [In] areas where we thought there was a need for improvement, we saw exactly the sort of effort and spirit and the birth of a culture that we would really like to see go forward and develop and be instilled,” he added.
West Indies cricket is also satisfied with the performance of other players who have toured Bangladesh. Chase, who was the team’s vice-captain before coming to Bangladesh, lost his place. Harper said, “All players are considered and we had a lot of discussion around Roston Chase. When we looked at the performances of the team and the players in Bangladesh, some of those players performed exceptionally well and more or less grabbed the spots that they had and grabbed a place in the squad for this series. Players had to miss out, and Roston Chase was one of them.”
The former captain Holder has returned to the team for Sri Lanka series even though he did not tour Bangladesh, but he had to lose the captaincy all on a sudden.