Nelson: The West Indies have shut the door on talk about ructions within the side saying it is time to move on after the fallout from last year's disastrous tour of India. Recently appointed captain Jason Holder claimed he had the support of the senior players and they were looking ahead to a positive result from their World Cup opener against Ireland at Nelson's Saxton Oval on Monday.
The West Indies are without Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard who were dropped from the World Cup squad after last year's abandoned India tour in a move which saw senior batsman Chris Gayle accuse the selectors of victimisation.
Even Holder has acknowledged the absence of the seasoned all-rounders was a "huge loss" but said the issue was now behind them. "Everything is done and dusted in my opinion," he said in Nelson Sunday. "We have moved on from it. It's beyond our control so we'll just put it behind us and we're ready to go."
Although their recent form has been uninspiring -- losing an ODI series in South Africa 4-1, being thrashed by England in a World Cup warm up and just scraping home over Scotland -- the West Indies are not short of firepower. Any squad that contains names such as Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy, Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach deserves to be respected. While questions have been raised how they will react to having an inexperienced 23-year-old as their captain, Holder denied it was an issue. Their support "has been there all the time," Holder said.
"The guys have been very energetic. They've put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes and obviously we didn't get the results we wanted previously but we're just happy to go." He was also not bothered by the recent heavy defeats. "You take whatever you can from it and just move on positively in the sense where we start a new campaign (at the World Cup) and it's important we put our minds on it and play good cricket."
Holder added the West Indies were not under-estimating Ireland but "we are very confident." The West Indies last played Ireland in an ODI a year ago and beat them by four wickets with 80 balls remaining