As the West Indies all-rounder, Darren Sammy declared his retirement from Test cricket recently, the West Indies wicketkeeper, Denesh Ramdin, has been made captain of the Test side for West Indies. Sammy has clearly told that he has been thinking about this decision and taken it seriously. Sammy has moderate figures in his all-round performance so far. Sammy started as Test captain in November 2010. His considerable performance is fairly accountable as West Indies won six consecutive matches in 2012-13 under his captaincy and enabled his team to attain No.5 rankings.
Sammy said to ESPNcricinfo with regard to this, “After the New Zealand series, I sat down with the team management and the selectors and then told myself that we cannot continue like this. Probably my career is on the line. I was very serious about it. It was a difficult decision. If you have been playing cricket as a kid, all you have been dreaming of is to represent your team in Test cricket and I have been fortunate enough to do it. But I thought it was the right time for me to move on. I feel it’s time the West Indies Test team continues to move in a new direction, under a new leader.”
Sammy said about Ramdin, when he was named as Test captain, “Denesh has been captaining regional teams with distinction but it is a difficult job. Leading guys who come from different cultural backgrounds and getting the best out of them. I wish him all the best as he tries to the lead West Indies Test cricket forward into a new era.”
He further said, “When I was asked to lead the team when it was in disarray, it was the most challenging phase for me. There was no way I could not have accepted the job. To get the bunch to play as a unit, earn their respect and then lead them towards a new direction has been a memorable journey. From what I have contributed, I hope I have done my bit and it’s time for somebody else to carry on. I am sure we all have a part to play to take West Indies cricket forward in whichever format we are playing in. I am pretty much available in one-day and T20 cricket and hope my services will be utilised. I have my best years of cricket ahead of me and look forward to contributing to West Indies cricket. I am still fit. Probably I might not look fit but I am fit. I wish I can keep on playing my role in West Indies cricket. I respect this great game a lot and I have always given my best, whether it was in the dressing room or when I have trained,” he said. “I thank all my teammates and support staff and administrators for all their support. I would also like to thank all my friends and family for standing beside me, especially my wife Cathy.”
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