Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Rovman Powell, Jason Holder offer words of wisdom amidst Covid-19

Big-hitting all-rounder Rovman Powell of Jamaica.

Big-hitting all-rounder Rovman Powell of Jamaica.

Big-hitting all-rounder Rovman Powell of Jamaica and his West Indies teammate Barbadian Jason Holder took to social media to brighten the spirits of regional fans amidst the challenges posed by the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Worldwide the number of confirmed infections hit another gloomy milestone on Thursday — one million, with more than 50,000 deaths, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Holder, the West Indies Test captain, told followers on popular social network, Instagram, that it was important to stay “patient and safe”, as the virus has wreaked havoc on worldwide sport, with cricket suspended indefinitely.

"I can see light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s all stay patient and safe. I miss the game so much and cannot wait to put on these colours once more," Holder posted.

The post was accompanied by a close-up photo of him batting in the training nets in West Indies gear with his eyes fixed firmly on the ball.

Holder, the 28-year-old six-footer, is the leading all-rounder in Test cricket having occupied the number one spot for over a year.

West Indies’ last Test was against Afghanistan in India late last year and they will be hopeful of resuming the longest format in England this summer as they aim to retain the Wisden Trophy as part of the ICC World Test Championship.

Powell, a white-ball specialist, also offered messages of goodwill to fans on Instagram.

The 26-year-old Powell posted on Instagram that "this pandemic shows us that jobs that are never celebrated are absolutely important to keep our society going.

"The cleaners, the supermarket shelf stackers, the delivery drivers, let us start value people for the contributions that they make. After this crisis, let society be defined by compassion and love rather than insecurity, fear, and inequality."

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy responded to Powell's message with a post that read "well said chap."

Shimron Hetmyer, who returned to the West Indies squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka last month, posted "powerful words bud... well said."

Shai Hope and Fabian Allen, who also returned to the West Indies squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka, also responded to Powell's post.



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