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Blow for Windies as Holder ruled out of T20 World Cup

The West Indies cricket team has been dealt a significant blow ahead of the T20 World Cup, with key all-rounder Jason Holder ruled out due to injury. Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced that Holder, a former Test and ODI captain, will be replaced in the World Cup squad by left-arm fast bowler Obed McCoy.

“Jason is an experienced player in our set-up. His absence will undoubtedly be felt both on and off the field. We look forward to having a fully fit Jason with us again soon,” stated Desmond Haynes, the lead selector.

Despite the setback, Haynes expressed confidence in McCoy’s abilities. “While it is unfortunate to lose a player of Jason’s caliber, we are confident in the abilities of Obed McCoy. Obed has shown remarkable skill and promise in his performances, and this opportunity will allow him to further showcase his talent on the international stage. We believe he will bring a fresh and dynamic energy to the squad,” he added.

McCoy is currently part of the West Indies squad playing a three-match T20I series against South Africa in Kingston. The 27-year-old, who represents the Windward Islands in regional Caribbean cricket, has been a regular fixture in the West Indies T20 team and has also featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“I think I worked hard enough throughout the year and I think it is well deserved, so I just have to keep getting better each game,” said McCoy.

CWI did not disclose specific details about Holder’s injury, but it is believed that he sustained it while playing county cricket for Worcestershire.

In addition to the main squad, CWI announced five reserve players selected as back-up in case of injury: Kyle Mayers, Matthew Forde, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh, and Andre Fletcher.

The West Indies are in World Cup Group C, along with Papua New Guinea, Uganda, New Zealand, and Afghanistan.

(Source: AFP)

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