Regional team affected by Law's departure — WI skipper

Friday, October 12, 2018

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MUMBAI, India (CMC) — West Indies c aptain Jason Holder has admitted that the regional team has been negatively affected by the recent resignation of h ead c oach Stuart Law.

Speaking to members of the media ahead of the second Test match against India which begins today, Holder said it has been difficult for the Windies to build a bond due to the frequent changing of head coaches.

Law resigned last month and his tenure will end following the tours of India and Bangladesh, with the latter ending in November.

The 49-year-old took over from Phil Simmons, who was sacked in September 2016 on disciplinary grounds and won six out of 15 Tests.

“It's difficult. We have had a number of coaches in the last five years. And I must commend the guys because they have really been professional to be able to adjust to each and every coach that we've had,” Holder said.

“That's why I don't get too caught up with people saying what they say, because within, I know what really goes on within the dynamics of the team. It's not an excuse or looking for things to ease pressure, but at the end of the day you deal with reality.

“Anybody would say that the only way to get results as a team is by coming close together. But if the dynamics of the team changes quite a bit, it's hard to build something. Every time it seems as though you're building something, there's almost a barrier, some kind of obstacle,” he added.

Holder also used the opportunity to thank Law for his efforts during his time as Windies head coach, saying that he had been instrumental in bringing about some changes.

“I think Stuart has brought a different dynamic in terms of professionalism. He's obviously tried to implement certain structures and certain methods which we needed to change, and credit really must go to Stuart Law for that. Hopefully, whoever comes in, we could just settle on a coach for a little while longer and build something positive for the next couple of years,” the captain said.

“A lot of people don't understand what goes on behind the scenes. And that's pretty much an example of the things the players have had to deal with. Credit must go to the individuals in the group because despite who coaches the team, we are still judged on the cricket that we play. But all this has a part to do with the cricket that we produce.”

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