Jason Holder’s suspension for a slow over-rate has been labelled “punitive” by Cricket West Indies president David Cameron.
West Indies captain Holder guided his team to a superb Test series win over England with a match to spare, having secured a 10-wicket hammering in the second game in Antigua.
However, he will not play in the series finale against Joe Root’s men in St Lucia, which starts on Saturday, having been sanctioned by the ICC.
The Windies were two overs short of their over-rate target, which led to Holder receiving a one-match ban and a 40 per cent fine of his match fee.
But Cameron believes the punishment handed to Holder, who was found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during the Barbados Test against Sri Lanka last year, sends out the wrong message.
“We will, of course, abide by the ICC ruling, but we have to wonder if such punitive action at a pivotal stage of the series is good for cricket,” Cameron said.
“What a shame if the series is remembered not for the sparkling play of the reinvigorated West Indies players but for a crippling decision made by a rule that ought to be modified.
“Jason now has the opportunity to benefit from resting his body over the period of the next Test and be well prepared for the upcoming ODI series against England which begins on February 20.”
Holder has made 229 runs in the series thus far, including an unbeaten double century in the first Test, while the all-rounder has also taken seven wickets.