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HEADLINE: The Redemption of Captain Kraigg

 
CaribbeanCricket.com 2021-02-16 21:16:44 

After the West Indies had taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in their three-match series of England’s 2019 tour of the Caribbean, WINDIES captain, Jason Holder, was suspended for the final game in St. Lucia, due to the team’s slow over-rate in the second Test. Vice-captain at the time, Kraigg Brathwaite, had then taken charge of the team for that final Test, one which they went on to surrender inside four days by 232 runs.

Following the series victory and what was Brathwaite’s fifth loss in as many matches as stand-in skipper, I wrote, “While there have been many opportunities to point fingers at Kraigg as a captain in the past, this is not one such instance. Brathwaite was so much more ‘present’ in the field than he had ever been while leading the team previously; one might even argue that the team let him down. Still, who could disagree with the reasoning that it might not be in the team’s best interest to burden him with leadership duties? If such a decision is indeed taken, this Test should not be the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Still, that proved to be Brathwaite’s last shot at captaining the West Indies—as Holder was ever-present—before he was replaced by countryman, Roston Chase, as deputy leader, almost two years on. But as fate would so have it, when both the West Indies captain and new vice-captain declined the invitation to travel on this Bangladesh tour—though out of necessity and convenience it might have been—Brathwaite was handed a second bite of the leadership cherry.

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Headley 2021-02-16 21:34:22 

In reply to CaribbeanCricket.com

Possibly the best written cricket article I have ever read by a Caribbean writer that was not written by the late Tony Cozier.

 
VoopsandOut 2021-02-16 22:28:29 

In reply to Headley

Agreed. Well written. Does anyone have a link to that article from Kraigg to which she refers?

 
Headley 2021-02-19 22:45:02 

In reply to VoopsandOut

This is not a Kraigg-Brathwaite-should-now-be-made-captain-of-the-West-Indies lobby. Instead, this is me stuck rereading, word for word, the letter he penned (void of malice) to the Caribbean and those who had him removed as vice-captain, dubbed: “To all the Made Leaders:”


"To all the Made Leaders" must have been a well kept secret. Never heard of it.

 
openning 2021-02-19 23:19:42 

In reply to Headley

To all the Made Leader

 
Headley 2021-02-20 03:06:25 

In reply to openning

Thanks.

 
anandgb 2021-02-20 18:37:29 

In reply to Headley

lol lol lol