Jason Holder lauded Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels for their availability in the qualifiers
By Sandy - Feb 27, 2018 9:36 am
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Windies skipper Jason Holder lauded Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels to help the team for qualifying the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The two-time World Cup champion team failed to earn a direct qualification for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and they are now playing the qualifiers to qualify for the upcoming CWC.

Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels

Holder lauded Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels by saying, “I must commend Chris and Marlon, who have come here with the motivation to do well for the Windies and give themselves a chance to play another World Cup.”

Jason Holder
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Holder is hopeful to qualify for the world cup as he mentioned his team is a well-balanced side with experience. He said, “We’ve got a well-balanced side, quality side with experience. Hopefully, we could get together and make things happen in this tournament.”

He further added, “As I said to the group, it may be an opportunity for guys to finish their careers well, it’s also an opportunity for guys to make a spark in their careers by playing in the World Cup.”

The 26-years old bowling all-rounder is also hopeful about the growth of Caribbean cricket in ODI format. He said, “We know what is at stake. It is an opportunity for us to grab some momentum heading into next year’s World Cup, get some games under our belt, just finalise some combinations, get things straightened, and hopefully turn (around) our cricket in terms of the ODI format.”

The 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers will be played in Zimbabwe from 4th March to 25th March. Total 10 teams will participate in this tournament and these teams are hosts Zimbabwe, Windies, Ireland, Afghanistan, Netherlands, Scotland, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Nepal and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Windies is seeded in Group A along with Ireland, Netherlands, UAE and PNG. In the meantime, the hosts Zimbabwe is in Group B along with Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Nepal and Scotland.

Among these ten teams, only two teams will qualify for the 2019 ICC CWC.

On the other hand, Rashid Khan will lead the Afghanistan team in the initial stage of the qualification after their skipper Asghar Stanikzai is going to face an appendix surgery.

Rashid Khan
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Afghanistan is one of the favorite team to qualify for the 2019 ICC CWC. Talking about this, Rashid Khan said, “It feels good to see that Afghanistan is a favorite to qualify. I think we should show it on the ground, it’s not only on paper that we should look good. We have to take every match seriously. We have to play good cricket against every team. Hopefully, it will go well and we will get four points and go to the next round.”