Team West Indies: Injured Obed McCoy replaced by Jason Holder

Published:1 November 2021

ICC is confident

After fast bowler Obed McCoy experienced a right leg injury that ended his tournament, West Indies called up former captain Jason Holder to their T20 World Cup roster.

The West Indies have lost their first two Super 12 games and are now required to beat Bangladesh on Friday to get to the semi-finals. McCoy, 24, suffered the injury in Saturday's six-wicket loss to England and then missed Tuesday's eight-wicket loss to South Africa.

Holder, the former captain of West Indies, has 199 West Indies caps including 27 T20I appearances to his name, was allowed to travel with additional people as a reserve due to the COVID-19 quarantine restrictions.

The 29-year-old, who recently played for SunRisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL), will be prepared for the Bangladesh match right away.

West Indies chief selector Roger Harper commented that Jason Holder has been in the UAE for a time and will adapt right in with the rest of the squad. He said that they believe he'll be keen to seize the opportunity since he's a senior and experienced cricketer.

He also added that McCoy performed admirably in T20Is earlier this year and adjusted nicely in the opener against England. He stated was an important component of the bowling squad, and it's regrettable that he won't be able to participate in the event anymore. The team wish him a fast recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch in the coming days.

An ICC release also confirmed that after McCoy was pulled out because of a leg injury, Holder was picked as a replacement.

On Wednesday, October 27, the ICC technical committee approved the West Indies' proposal for substitution.

On the eve of the World Cup, West Indies lost spinner Fabian Allen to an ankle injury, and Akeal Hosein was brought in to replace him.

The West Indies have lost both of their Group 1 matches, leaving them with a lot of luck if they are to reach the semi-finals and preserve their T20 World Cup crown the following month. They will face Bangladesh in Sharjah on Friday.