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28 Oct 2021
West Indies have added former Test captain Jason Holder to the squad for the T20 World Cup after the left-arm pacer Obed McCoy got ruled out of the remainder of the tournament due to injury.
McCoy featured in the first game against England that turned out to be a nightmare for the defending champions and now faces time on the sidelines after injuring his sheen.
Holder was there in the UAE as reserves in the Windies squad and his return to the side in place of McCoy has been approved by the ICC Event Technical Committee.
The Chairman of the West Indies selection panel, Roger Harper rated Holder as an 'experienced' and 'knowledgeable' cricketer who will be eager to grab the opportunity.
"Jason Holder has been in the UAE for a while now and will fit quite well into the team unit," Roger Harper, CWI's lead men's selector said. "He is an experienced and knowledgeable cricketer who we know will be eager and excited to grab the opportunity.
Harper called McCoy’s a 'key member' of Windies T20 side after having sealed his position in the side based on performance this year.
"McCoy did really well in the T20Is earlier this year and adapted well in the opening match against England. He was a key member of the bowling unit and it's unfortunate he won't be able to take any further part in the tournament. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the field ready to go again in the near future."
The defending champions are going through a rough phase after losing both their encounters so far in the tournament. They were blown away by a dominating England in the first game while the second game found them short of form and discipline against an in-form South Africa side.