Jason Holder is a Barbadian cricketer and the captain of the West Indies cricket team. Holder made his ODI debut in January 2013 and Test debut in June 2014. In April 2019, he was named as the captain of the West Indies' squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
A couple of days after making his international debut in 2013, Holder was signed up by the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL auction. In 2014, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him. In 2016 year auction, Holder played for Kolkata Knight Riders. Northamptonshire County Cricket Club signed Holder for 2019 County Season.
Holder made his ODI debut on 1 February 2013 against Australia. His first notable performance in the ODI format was in the first match against Pakistan in July 2013 where he picked up 4 for 13. He made his T20I debut against New Zealand in January 2014, returning figures of 2–34 in 3 overs.
After good performances in ODIs, Holder was selected for the Test squad in June 2014. He made his Test debut on 26 June 2014 against New Zealand. Holder took his maiden Test wicket by dismissing Ross Taylor for 16 runs. He completed the match with 2 for 50. Holder also scored 90 runs in the match, including his maiden Test fifty. However, West Indies lost the match by 53 runs.
Holder was made the captain of the national team in ODI format by the West Indies Cricket Board selectors, after they sacked previous captain Dwayne Bravo. At 23 years, 72 days, he became the youngest ever West Indian captain. On 4 September 2015 he was named as the captain of the Test side for the tour to Sri Lanka. He became the second youngest test captain of all time for the West Indies and 15th youngest of all time for any Test Nation.
He led his team to quarter finals of the 2015 World Cup where they lost to New Zealand. In the tournament, Holder scored two consecutive fifties, both in losing causes, against South Africa and then India. In the match against South Africa, Holder conceded 104 runs, which is second worst set of bowling figures in World Cups.
In April 2015, he scored a maiden Test century against England to help secure a draw in the first Test.
Although West Indies lost many home and away series under Holder's captaincy, many former West Indian cricketers appreciated Holder's efforts as a captain because his team lacked experienced players such as Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.
On 2 July 2017, Holder took his maiden ODI five-wicket haul (5–27), in a low scoring game against India. West Indies batted first and only scored 189 runs. To stay alive in the series, West Indies had to win the match. Holder handled his bowlers and himself very well in the match, and the West Indies won the match by 11 runs. For his good captaincy and impressive bowling performance, Holder was awarded the man of the match award.
On 15 March 2018, Holder became the fastest player for the West Indies, in terms of matches, to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in ODIs (74). In the six Tests that Holder played that year, he made 336 runs at an average of 37.33 while also claiming 33 wickets at an average of 12.30, the best average by a fast bowler in more than 100 years. He made the Test Team announced at the ICC Awards for the year as the only West Indies player in the team.