West Indies news January 12, 2016

Holder disallowed from playing PSL

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Bishop: Unfortunate for Holder not to play in PSL

West Indies Cricket Board has withheld the no-objection certificate (NOC) that Jason Holder needed to participate in the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) on the grounds that he is a contracted player and his primary objective is to serve West Indies cricket.

Holder, who is the captain of West Indies in Tests and ODIs, was picked by Quetta Gladiators in the player draft held on December 21. It became clear he won't be able to play for them when he took to twitter and said...

According to WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead, Holder had just signed a fresh retainer contract, which allowed the board to hold the rights to grant or deny him permission to play in overseas domestic leagues.

"He is a retained player. So it gives us a right to say to a retained player, if you request a NOC in a time, that we have something geared towards the development of West Indies cricket, and then we have the right to say no to him," Muirhead told ESPNcricinfo.

Muirhead also pointed out that Holder had the responsibility to captain the Barbados team, which is currently competing in the Nagico Super-50, West Indies' List A competition. "We have our premier 50-over competition going on now and it is going to be played at the same time as the league (PSL). He is the captain of the Barbados team, which wants him to play. We need him in the region. It promotes cricket. It sends a sense of unity. It sends the right message."

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