West Indies' experienced opening batter Kraigg Brathwaite was confirmed overnight as the WIndies' new Test Captain. Brathwaite (28), has played 66 Test matches since his debut in 2011 with eight hundreds and an average of 32.57. He recently captained the men in maroon to an impressive 2-0 victory away from home in Bangladesh.
Brathwaite takes over from Jason Holder, the all-rounder having been captain for five and a half years. He lead the side to 11 wins in 37 Tests, with his appointment in September 2015 making him the second youngest captain ever for the West Indies.
Holder was one of 10 West Indians to mess the tour of Bangladesh due to coronavirus concerns, which saw Brathwaite deputise for him. It is unknown whether this, or another incident, are behind the change in captaincy, which came as a surprise to most, or if it is simply a tactical change.
The West Indies' next Test series starts in under two weeks time, as they host Sri Lanka for a two match series. The squad is set to be announced tomorrow.
Brathwaite said he was "extremely proud and humbled" to made captain, with Roger Harper, Cricket West Indies' head selector, describing Brathwaite's ability "to motivate his players to play to a very high level and create the culture we are looking to establish" as a valuable asset.
The full statement from the CWI can be found here.