Northamptonshire have announced the signing of West Indies captain Jason Holder for the start of this year’s county season.
Subject to a ‘No Objection Certificate’ being approved by Cricket West Indies, Holder will be available for Northants’ first two County Championship matches, against Middlesex and Glamorgan, as well as their first six games in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Holder, who is No. 1 in the ICC Test all-rounder rankings, featured in both of West Indies’ recent Test wins over England, hitting a double-century in the first Test in Bridgetown, before taking five wickets in the ten-wicket win in Antigua.
In the latest issue of Wisden Cricket Monthly, @Phil_Wisden spoke to Jason Holder about his career so far, the new talent coming through the West Indies ranks, what it was like being named West Indies captain at the age of 23 and much more. https://t.co/SdwSgFldN3
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) January 10, 2019
He will miss the third and final Test of the series, set to begin on Saturday in St Lucia, after being handed a one-match suspension due to the West Indies’ slow over-rate in the second Test.
“England is somewhere I’ve wanted to play for a long time and I’m looking forward to the experience of county cricket and testing myself in the different conditions,” said Holder.
“I’m hopeful from a personal point that it will provide me a good opportunity of acclimatising to English conditions and getting some time in the middle ahead of the World Cup in England and I’m grateful to Northamptonshire for the opportunity which I am really looking forward to.”