DUBAI, UAE (CMC):West Indies Test captain Jason Holder says he is determined to avoid controversial off-the-field issues and focus on his main job of leading the Caribbean side.Responding to questions from media here on the decision by Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite to decline central contracts, Holder reiterated that he was powerless over such administrative matters and was more preoccupied with galvanising West Indies’ performances on the field.All three players are members of the Test squad which finally won their first game in 19 months and first on foreign soil in four years when they beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Thursday.”As I’ve said about all the negative things around West Indies cricket, those things are basically beyond my control,” said Holder who celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday.”I can’t control who signs contracts, I can’t control who’s here with me. All I can control is my destiny on the cricket field when I step over that line, and that goes for everybody in the dressing room.”The West Indies Cricket Board disclosed this week that the trio of Bravo, Samuels and Brathwaite had opted against retainer contracts for the year-long period ending September next year.LEADER OF BATTING GROUPBravo is the leader of the Windies batting group, averaging 40 from 49 Tests, while Samuels is the side’s most senior player, with 71 Tests and 187 one-day internationals (ODI).Brathwaite, the newly appointed Twenty20 skipper, is also a member of both the Test and ODI set-ups.Their decision immediately raised question marks about their respectively futures, but Holder said, ultimately, it was up to each player to take responsibility for their performances and careers.”Us players we have to be responsible for our own individual actions [and] take our own personal pride on to the cricket field and control cricket,” he pointed out.
Órán Nibbs – Needs YOUR helpA number of friends and family will gather in Tesco in Letterkenny on Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th of August for a bag packing event aimed at raising money for The Órán Nibbs Fund. Órán suffers from Mitochondrial Disease, a complicated and progressive genetic disorder. The fund aims to help improve Órán’s quality of life.The Letterkenny boy’s rare disease means that, at three years old, he is unable to walk, talk, crawl or even feed himself. He has weekly multiple epileptic seizures and has little to no muscle tone. Órán will soon even have to have a feeding tube fitted to his body as his illness has meant that he cannot get the nutrients he needs from his food.The bagpacking begins in Tesco Letterkenny on Friday at 1pm to 7pm and begins again on Saturday from 12 noon to 8pm. Event organiser, Emer Mc Williams is still looking for volunteers to man the checkouts and anybody willing to help out can get in touch via our Facebook page or by emailing [email protected] .Any and all support is more than welcome! Please do give generously if you are in Tesco and see the bag packers!Further Details / Contact: Phone: 0871341753email – [email protected]: www.helporan.comFacebook: The Oran Nibbs Fund – www.facebook.com/theorannibbsfundTwitter: @OranNibbsFund BAG-PACKING WEEKEND AT TESCO FOR LITTLE ORAN was last modified: August 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BAG-PACKING WEEKEND AT TESCO FOR LITTLE ORAN