Jason Holder feels that the young players in the team have great potential and may make it big in the times to come    Getty Images
Jason Holder feels that the young players in the team have great potential and may make it big in the times to come Getty Images

West Indies skipper Jason Holder has urged his young, inexperienced side to move on from their World T20 success and look ahead to “make a mark” in the forthcoming marches. West Indies’ last One-Day International (ODI) assignment was the tri-series in Zimbabwe involving the hosts and Sri Lanka. To add to their misfortune, his side failed to make it to the final. However, West Indies will play England in a three-ODI series. While it will be good practice for England ahead of the Champions Trophy 2017 at homes, West Indies will look to seal the series in order to rise up the rankings and seal a place for ICC World Cup 2019.

While speaking to the media before the series opener, Holder said, “We had some new faces come out at the end of last year, in our series in Zimbabwe. I thought we had a pretty decent series but one of the major factors that hurt us was inexperience. We’ve a very inexperienced side. It’s a relatively young team. But we’re looking to make a mark on the international circuit.” Holder believes though they lack some biggest players in their team (given WICB’s selection criteria), but their squad has got enough talent. He asserted that the World T20 achievement has become a thing of past, and have to move on as they can’t dwell on it.

In January, Englishman Johnny Grave replaced Michael Muirhead as chief executive officer (CEO). While former Test captain Jamaican Jimmy Adams was named Director of Cricket, following Richard Pybus s decision to step down. The skipper insists that the his team will have to get used to the changes in their cricket body’s administration as they have got a new coach, director of cricket and CEO. Holder highlights that their prime focus would only be on cricket as it is the only thing which is in their control.

Holder feels that the young players in the team have great potential and may make it big in the times to come. “Shai Hope came off a very good tour in Zimbabwe and followed up starting the year well in our domestic competition,” Holder added.

“We’ve got young exciting cricketers like Rovman Powell and Jason Mohammed. From the fast-bowling point, there’s Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph. So we’ve an inexperienced side but we’re looking to make a mark on the international circuit.”

Shedding some light on the English team, he said, “They (England) are ranked higher than us. We’ve got some way to go in terms of catching up in the rankings. We just want to tick off our process boxes in terms of what we set out to achieve as a group. Our main thing is to be a lot more consistent than we have been in the past and I think once we do that we can be moving in the right direction.”