SYDNEY: Australian bowling legend Shane Warne has described as ridiculous the decision by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban Windies captain Jason Holder for the upcoming Test in St. Lucia.
Holder, who captained the Windies to a 2-0 series victory over England to win the Wisden Trophy for the first time in 10 years, will miss the dead-rubber Test set for St Lucia later this week.
However, it robs the Test of the Windies captain who has been the catalyst for the rare Windies triumph over a top-ranked cricket nation.
Warne, 49, the Australian leg-spinner who has taken 708 Test wickets during his illustrious career, believes the rule banning captains for slow over rates makes little sense.
“The test didn’t go 3 days – can you please appeal this @JaseHolder98 ! What a ridiculous decision – where’s the common sense here? Ps Congrats on a wonderful series win too. International cricket needs a strong Windies team & hopefully this is just the start @BrianLara,” Warne tweeted.
Warne found support in former England Michael Vaughn.
“246 over Test Match .. that amounts to 2.6 days of Cricket .. A team hammers the opposition & plays great Test cricket yet the Captain gets a ban for Slow over rate .. @Jaseholder98 can find himself very very unlucky on this occasion .. !! The game really doesn’t help itself …”
Holder thanked Warne for his support which prompted the blonde-haired cricket turned commentator to tweet”
, “Pleasure! The fans at the ground saw some awesome cricket from you & your team. No one at the ground would have felt short changed whatsoever. What a ridiculous decision & I hope this will be over turned!”