Holder has warned his West Indies team-mates against complacency in the first round of the T20 World Cup, where they will face Scotland, Zimbabwe and Ireland.
ICC T20 World Cup 2022 is set to kickstart next month. A total of 16 teams are part of the tournament.
The tournament will witness 45 matches. The opening game will be played on October 16 while the final is scheduled to be played on November 13, 2022. The venue of the tournament is Australia.
Out of the 16 teams, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Namibia, Scotland, UAE, Zimbabwe, Netherlands and Ireland are part of the qualifier round and will play the qualifier round first. 4 teams out of these will join the super 12 round.
In this year’s T20 World Cup, the West Indies team Will be playing qualifier Group B with Ireland, Scotland, and Zimbabwe are rivals. The former West Indies Skipper said that such countries are not pushovers at all.
“Ireland, Scotland, and Zimbabwe by no means are pushovers. We’ve got to take it as seriously as we possibly can and just make sure we get into the next phase of the tournament.”
“We’ve got a task to uphold in terms of qualifying first [for the main round]. More or less, we have to focus on the qualifier [first round]. Ireland, Scotland, and Zimbabwe by no means are pushovers. We’ve got to take it as seriously as we possibly can and just make sure we get into the next phase of the tournament.”
West Indies left out Andre Russell and Fabian Allen for the T20 World Cup, but Holder is pleased with the depth in the squad and sees the qualifier round as an opportunity to build early momentum in the tournament.
“I think it’s good in a way that we’re playing the qualifiers. West Indies teams of the past have proved that we get better as we go along. To have the warm-up phase of the tournament and then to go into the actual group stage after qualification, I think it’s going to be to our betterment in the sense we get more cricket.” he added
“The talent we have got – depth in terms of resources and batting and bowling-we’ve always been pretty athletic in the field, so I’m looking forward to that challenge. But before that, I want to finish off strongly with the Royals and lift that [CPL] trophy.” former WI captain concluded
West Indies: Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Yannic Cariah, Jason Holder, Raymon Reifer, Nicholas Pooran (Captain), Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Obed McCoy, Odean Smith