Jason Holder suffers shoulder injury setback, out of Bangladesh tour
Jason Holder will not travel with West Indies to Bangladesh. @Getty

West Indies will tour Bangladesh this month without their skipper and influential allrounder Jason Holder, after it was announced Wednesday that he needs at least four weeks to recover from a shoulder injury suffered using the recent series in India.

No replacement captain has been named, but given that the deputy Kraigg Brathwaite led West Indies in the Rajkot Test against India when Holder was out with an ankle injury, the board is likely to go with the same option.

Johnny Grave, the Cricket West Indies CEO, was quoted as telling Caribbean News Service: “Jason has a partial thickness tear of his subscapularis tendon. He will undergo physiotherapy and strength work from the period November to December and will be reassessed in four weeks time. The medical panel was concerned that if Jason was to bowl in Bangladesh, the partial tear may become a full tear which may involve the need for surgery and/or a significant break from cricket. It was, therefore, then recommended for Jason not to travel to Bangladesh and instead undergo physiotherapy and rehab in Barbados.”

Holder, 27, backed West Indies to do well in Bangladesh in his absence.

“I am definitely disappointed not being able to make the tour of Bangladesh, but based on advice from the medical team, we felt this was the best course of action to deal with the ongoing issues I have been having with my shoulder,” he said of the latest setback.

“I have been having issues with my shoulder since the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March. Since then, I’ve been trying to manage it and the pain levels but it has gotten to a point now where I’ve got to take time to correct it so that going forward I have no further issues. Obviously I am disappointed to miss the tour, but I know the boys are capable of beating Bangladesh.”

Bangladesh host West Indies for two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. The series gets underway on November 22, with the touring team playing a BCB XI four days before.