A tall fast bowler from Barbados all set to break into the international cricket. Sounds very familiar. That’s the amount of tall express pace fast bowlers this small nation has produced over the years. The latest to that addition is young Chemar Holder.
A member of the West Indies U-19 World Cup-winning team, he had been on the verge of a national call up for many years now. He got the popular attention when he was finally called onto the national team for the away tour against England in 2020, which marked the return of international cricket after the COVID-19 break. Even though he was benched for the entire series, he is soon expected to make his International in any of the coming series. His ability to bowl deceptive quick bouncers makes him an ideal bowler for the Caribbean conditions.
Full name: Chemar Keron Holder
Date of Birth: March 3, 1998
Place of Birth: Barbados
Chemar Holder Age: 22 years
Playing role: Bowler
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm fast
Major teams: Barbados, Barbados Tridents, Barbados Under-19s, St Lucia Zouks, UWI Vice Chancellor's XI, West Indies A, West Indies President's XI
Role Model: Curtly Ambrose
Chemar Holder Height: NA
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Facebook: Chemar Holder
Chemar Holder girlfriend: S Worrell
His entry to the Under-19 World Cup happened out of nowhere. Initially left out of the 15 man squad, he came in as the replacement for Obed McCoy, who suffered an injury during the course of the tournament. He made his debut Under 19 World Cup appearance against Pakistan and started off his career with a dream maiden. Picking up 5 wickets in the three important matches that he played in the tournament, he consistently troubled the batsman with his pace and bounce.
Now a regular member of the West Indies A setup, he made his First-Class debut against Guyana in 2018 and grabbed 8 wickets in that match, which included a five-wicket haul in the first innings. His outstanding bowling display in that match earned him the man of the match recognition. From then his career went on a high. In the recent 2019-20 West Indies Championship, he picked up 36 wickets at 18.91. He finished the tournament as the second leading wicket-taker, thereby helping Barbados in clinching the title.
Chemar Holder is yet to make his debut in international cricket. But he got the much-needed call-up to the national squad in June 2020, when he was named in the West Indies' Test squad, for their series against England. The Test series which took place in July 2020, marked the return of international cricket after a forced COVID break.
He made his Twenty20 debut for Barbados Tridents in the 2018 Caribbean Premier League on 29 August 2018. In July 2020, he was drafted into the Darren Sammy led St Lucia Zouks squad for the CPL 2020.