Champions Trophy 2013 May 4, 2013

Dwayne Bravo replaces Sammy as ODI captain

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Dwayne Bravo has replaced Darren Sammy as the West Indies ODI captain for the Champions Trophy. Sammy, who retains his place in the side, will continue to lead them in Tests and Twenty20 internationals. Under Sammy, West Indies won the World Twenty20, but have won only three ODI series over the last three years, two of them against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

"Our results in Tests and T20s have been showing consistent improvement, and Sammy deserves every kudos for the work he has done in leading and moulding the team in these formats," chairman of the selection panel, Clyde Butts, said. "We remain confident in his leadership in these formats, and will recommend that he continues as the captain for Test and T20 cricket.

"However, our ODI results have not been as strong, and we believe that it is best that we freshen the leadership of the team in this format."

West Indies have won 19 and lost 30 ODIs under Sammy, who first captained them in April 2010. Sammy averages 21 with the bat and 42 with the ball in the format. He has often been criticised for batting too low - usually No. 8 - to justify his place as primarily a bowler of limited penetration. However, that criticism hasn't been limited to just one format.

Bravo, who averages 24 with the bat and 30 with the ball, was thrilled at the news. "I must say congratulations to Sammy in his leadership of the team, and I am very happy to be taking over from him," he said. "I am even happier that he remains in the team, and I am looking forward to working with him along with the team management and all the players, especially vice-captain Denesh Ramdin, Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels."

Sammy pledged support to the new captain. "I congratulate Dwayne Bravo," he said, "and give him my full support as he leads the ODI team. He can be assured of my unwavering commitment to the team and our plans to be champions of one-day cricket."

Bravo did captain West Indies in February when Sammy was rested during the home ODIs against Zimbabwe.

For the Champions Trophy, Andre Russell, Narsingh Deonarine, Veerasammy Permaul and Kieran Powell were left out from the 13-man squad that faced Zimbabwe. Sammy, Ravi Rampaul, Samuels, Gayle, Devon Smith and youngster Jason Holder made comebacks.

"We have shown confidence in the players who have served well in both the batting and bowling departments, and have identified some young players such as Jason Holder and Johnson Charles who add quality to the squad," Butts said.

Among those left out, only Powell was injured. Darren Bravo, who has undergone a minor eye surgery, was picked although he is yet to resume playing for Trinidad & Tobago.

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  • on May 5, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    I think WI Cricket is on correct track. We had seen changes in leadership quote often before Sammy. But they have given fair run to Sammy to prove himself. Now that he has not, in ODI format, it is fair to have a new captain.

    Dwayne is a good choice as he is a genuine all rounder. Also nice to see Sarawan, Darren Bravo back in the side.

    I must this is one of the best WI side, if not the best, in recent times.

    Also I am sure WI management must look for a mentor like Viv Richards!

    All the best.

  • on May 5, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    not a bad move. Sammy's performance as a captain and a player has to be judged in isolation for each format. He has done great things as a Captain in T20, and has performed well as a player in that format too. Hence he warrants his selection as captain and player in the T20 side. The Windies have improved a lot in tests as well under Sammy's leadership and hence he retains that position. In ODI's however West Indies have been pathetic. The lost a series against Bangladesh which is unacceptable. That alone can be considered bad enough to lose the captaincy over. His individual performance in ODI's is also poor and barely warrants selection. Some would argue that he should be dropped altogether. However relieving him of the captaincy pressures may allow him to focus on his personal game. Overall, I think that it was a good idea to allow him to be superseded as captain, but still retain his place

  • on May 11, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    darren bravo is not playing this week in the final in barbados because of injury. can anyone justify his selection in the champions trophy, this is sheer madness and incompetence on the selector's part.the same can be said of samuels. we need new selectors.

  • on May 11, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    my playing eleven for champions trophy

    1.gayle.2.sarwan.3.samules.4 darren bravo.5.dwayne bravo.6.pollard.7.ramdin.8.narayan.9.rampaul.10.jason holder.11.roach

    4.quality bowlers. 4. allrounders and 3.batsman This team is very good for champions trophy

  • on May 9, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    WIC is on great track sammy has to be given credit to build the team and justice to one day side.

  • on May 9, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    i think its a big risk to omit sammy as capt. and i think roach and best waste the new ball bring in some new blood like johnson , gabrial . we have got to build on what sammy has done.

  • AKS286 on May 7, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Sammy is a good ODI & T20 player but he don't suit in TEST and also block the door of a Pace bowler. In Test there is no need of many all-rounders. No harsh feelings for Sammy he serve many to WIC. He is the strong person who unites the team when Bravo, Gayle, Sarwan, leave the team in tough situations. Sammy is a tough man & great Representative of Sports & Sportsmanship. Devon is good option in CT rather than Bravo.

  • on May 7, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    The Selectors under Butts continue to fail the Caribbean by giving us a team based on names and not performance . I would rather see Sammy being made captain of the T20 and 50 overs forms of the game while Dinesh Ramdin the current Vice Capitan being given the job as captain of the test side. The point is Sammy affects the balance of the test side since he is not a genuine al rounder, his absence in the test side will allow the WI to pick 4 proper front line bowlers - 3 genuine fast bowlers and a spinner . Best Edwards abs Sarwan are not one day players. Please stop picking players based on their names and not by performance. the time has come for the WI to have 3 distinct teams test , one day and 50 overs

  • on May 7, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Good move!!this will improve their odi

  • on May 7, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Bad move. For over a decade West Indies was in transition and in my opinion Sammy is one who lead us to the stage in which we are, now. We are now set to challenge teams that once seemed unbeatable. West Indies team have had captains after captains who never seemed to bring any stability to the team. Prior to Sammy's captaincy there were problems/controversy one after the other on and off the field of play. We were looking for THAT LEADER with a difference and Sammy stood up and remain that hard working, steady, disciplined individual and exemplary in all respects. I believe that he is respected by all the players. And now we talking about taking away the captaincy. I hope this is not a ploy to phase out Sammy out of the side. Is this a case of selectors buckling under the pressure of the "Sammy haters"? Hope not.

  • on May 5, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    I think WI Cricket is on correct track. We had seen changes in leadership quote often before Sammy. But they have given fair run to Sammy to prove himself. Now that he has not, in ODI format, it is fair to have a new captain.

    Dwayne is a good choice as he is a genuine all rounder. Also nice to see Sarawan, Darren Bravo back in the side.

    I must this is one of the best WI side, if not the best, in recent times.

    Also I am sure WI management must look for a mentor like Viv Richards!

    All the best.

  • on May 5, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    not a bad move. Sammy's performance as a captain and a player has to be judged in isolation for each format. He has done great things as a Captain in T20, and has performed well as a player in that format too. Hence he warrants his selection as captain and player in the T20 side. The Windies have improved a lot in tests as well under Sammy's leadership and hence he retains that position. In ODI's however West Indies have been pathetic. The lost a series against Bangladesh which is unacceptable. That alone can be considered bad enough to lose the captaincy over. His individual performance in ODI's is also poor and barely warrants selection. Some would argue that he should be dropped altogether. However relieving him of the captaincy pressures may allow him to focus on his personal game. Overall, I think that it was a good idea to allow him to be superseded as captain, but still retain his place

  • on May 11, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    darren bravo is not playing this week in the final in barbados because of injury. can anyone justify his selection in the champions trophy, this is sheer madness and incompetence on the selector's part.the same can be said of samuels. we need new selectors.

  • on May 11, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    my playing eleven for champions trophy

    1.gayle.2.sarwan.3.samules.4 darren bravo.5.dwayne bravo.6.pollard.7.ramdin.8.narayan.9.rampaul.10.jason holder.11.roach

    4.quality bowlers. 4. allrounders and 3.batsman This team is very good for champions trophy

  • on May 9, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    WIC is on great track sammy has to be given credit to build the team and justice to one day side.

  • on May 9, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    i think its a big risk to omit sammy as capt. and i think roach and best waste the new ball bring in some new blood like johnson , gabrial . we have got to build on what sammy has done.

  • AKS286 on May 7, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Sammy is a good ODI & T20 player but he don't suit in TEST and also block the door of a Pace bowler. In Test there is no need of many all-rounders. No harsh feelings for Sammy he serve many to WIC. He is the strong person who unites the team when Bravo, Gayle, Sarwan, leave the team in tough situations. Sammy is a tough man & great Representative of Sports & Sportsmanship. Devon is good option in CT rather than Bravo.

  • on May 7, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    The Selectors under Butts continue to fail the Caribbean by giving us a team based on names and not performance . I would rather see Sammy being made captain of the T20 and 50 overs forms of the game while Dinesh Ramdin the current Vice Capitan being given the job as captain of the test side. The point is Sammy affects the balance of the test side since he is not a genuine al rounder, his absence in the test side will allow the WI to pick 4 proper front line bowlers - 3 genuine fast bowlers and a spinner . Best Edwards abs Sarwan are not one day players. Please stop picking players based on their names and not by performance. the time has come for the WI to have 3 distinct teams test , one day and 50 overs

  • on May 7, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Good move!!this will improve their odi

  • on May 7, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Bad move. For over a decade West Indies was in transition and in my opinion Sammy is one who lead us to the stage in which we are, now. We are now set to challenge teams that once seemed unbeatable. West Indies team have had captains after captains who never seemed to bring any stability to the team. Prior to Sammy's captaincy there were problems/controversy one after the other on and off the field of play. We were looking for THAT LEADER with a difference and Sammy stood up and remain that hard working, steady, disciplined individual and exemplary in all respects. I believe that he is respected by all the players. And now we talking about taking away the captaincy. I hope this is not a ploy to phase out Sammy out of the side. Is this a case of selectors buckling under the pressure of the "Sammy haters"? Hope not.

  • SirBobJones on May 7, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    What a kick in the guts for Sammy, he's been a fantastic captain. Bravo doesn't have the discipline or desire, too much of a show pony. Bad move by the Windies. Mind you, every time I post a comment something happens to prove me wrong so I bet now Bravo will be man of the series, top the batting and bowling averages and the Windies will take the tournament.

  • alarky on May 6, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    I guess Andre Russell would now get his "head" first, and then his hair style in good order. I guess he also needs to shed that necklace and his earings which are his main focus on the field of play. Then he should take a deep breath and realise the talented cricketer/athlete he is; and not necessarily the show man he prefers to be! The necklace in particular is seriously affecting his deportment on the field - it seems to be holding him back - appearing to be more appropriate when worn under much more social conditions (party time); and not when he is performing serious professional duties. These young West Indians who are allowing style and fashion to destroy their careers should take a cue from the great players who give their profession priority over all else - example the Gt Rahul Dravid, India's best ever batsman. they should also look at the guys from the richer countries who can better afford these showy distractions, but are too intelligent to make them destroy their lives.

  • on May 6, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    West Indies Selectors just like West Indies Politicions when they have power, they dont know when to give up. Although they are doing nothing nothing absolutley for the people.always picking the wrong team. Roach and Best waste the new ball to much short pitch delivery. In England the ball swings alot. You need bowlers who would pitch up the ball and could also swing the ball in the English condition. Santokye n delon johnson both lefties with Ravi is ur best bet. sammy bravo pollard n holder, same type of players.Charles, Sarwan did not score any runs in the domestic compition. Clyde Butt u n ur selection panel give it up. Time to go.

  • enigma12345 on May 6, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    My Squad 1) Chris Gayle 2) Dwayne Smith 3) Marlon Samuels 4) Dwayne Bravo 5) Keiron Pollard 6) Andre Fletcher (WK) 7) Darren Sammy 8) Andre Russell 9)Sunil Naraine 10) Kemar Roach 11) Fidel Edwards

    12) Darren Bravo 13) Ramnaresh Sarwan 14) Christopher Barnwell 15) Delron Johnson......

  • calcu on May 6, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    can someone tell me if champions trophy is having DRS?

  • on May 6, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Darren Sammy has done his job for WI and he needs to make way for someone else. That said, the logic of retaining him as the captain for Tests baffles me! He averages 22 with the bat and has taken just over 2 wickets per test in his career and he has been retained in that format. Sammy actually makes the cut only for T20 and ODI formats more than Tests and I wish as WI cricket fan that they had replaced him in the Tests before easing him out of ODI and T20. Sammy's job was that of a holding one and he did it admirably well, but WI cricket needs to move on..

  • AKS286 on May 6, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    If Sammy will play in playing XI then he should be captain. If not then WI must go with one more specialist pace bowler like Gabriel, Holder, Roach, Edward must get a chance. WI has to go with specialist 5 batsman 2 all rounder 4 bowlers. No need for all rounders till no. 8.About Eng's pitch some times it goods for spinner so there is no Shillingford. one spinner from Guyana Jacobs he his impressive in ODI. Where is Dwayne Smith fella perfect partner for Gayle. Edward should replace Best. DR Smith, Gayle, Ramdin, Samuel, Sarwan/DevonSmith, Bravo, Pollard, RamPaul, Roach, Edward, Narine.

  • on May 6, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    I dont know about WI domestic performers but Y isnt Simmons in team.?.. My playing 11 for WI will be 1-Gayle 2-Charles(wkt) 3-Darren Bravo 4-Sarwan 5-Samuels 6-Bravo 7-Pollard 8-Sammy 9-Roach 10-Rampaul 11-Narine

  • on May 6, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Did Dwayne Bravo sign a West Indies contract?

  • on May 6, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    The best westindies side according to me would be .. 1. Chris gayle 2.J Charles (Wk) 3. Darren Bravo 4. Sarwan 5 . Samuels 6. Pollard 7 . Dwayne bravo (C)8 . Rampaul 9 Tino best 10 . Naraine 11.Roach -- For english conditions 3 good fast bowlers for 10 overs each and bravo and pollard as fillers for the last 10 overs along with sunil naraine and samuels and gayle for 10 overs of spin and back up in case one of first bowlers get hit... it is the best possible line up... NO POINT TAKING RAMDIN IN IT WHEN CHARLES IS A WICKET KEEPER HIMSELF AND HENCE CAN FREE UP A SLOT IN PLAYING 11 AND HENCE MEANINGFULLY USE HIS ALLROUND ABILITY TOO... sammy is no use either at present ...

  • z0mbiezom on May 6, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Sarwan should play as an opener. Accumulate runs and bat 35-40 overs around the big hitters. This would allow Samuels, Darren Bravo, Pollard, Bravo to make up the rest of the middle order.

  • hotcric01 on May 6, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Good luck Windies.Really love to see your passion regardless of you win or not.You have got smart raw talented group of players and go under a proper game plan and execute it on the field.I think Sammy is still good as an all rounder at No.08 in the batting order.Play two pacers among Roach,Ramaul and Best,considering the opponents and the pitch.Playing one of Sarwan or Darren bravo is important,because they can play the anchor role given lots of WI batsmen are power hitters.

  • on May 6, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    If anything wouldnt it have made more sense to drop him from the test team and keep him as capt in the odi and t20 teams

  • josimar on May 6, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    West Indies Selectors What Happen To Lendl Simmons? You all gone back with sarwan come on please

  • delboy on May 6, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    Gayle could get 1000 runs; become the leading boundary scorer..Ganguly not involved in the series. Being selfish could help his team..this is the last champion trophy as we know it. WI must target winning it then start preparing to be the one day world champions..Team Gayle Charles Dn Bravo Samuels Sarwan/Pollard Dw Bravo Ramdin Sammy Narine Rampaul Roach.

  • Sachit1979 on May 6, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    I would have preferred Dwayne Smith ahead of Devon Smith and one more spinner in place of either of Holder or Sammy. Versamy Permaul or Samuel Badree could have been the choice.

  • GTAP on May 6, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    To the contrary, I think this team is weak in batting. There are only four persons on the team we can count on to make runs consistently, Gayle, Charles, Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels. One out of every four games Kieron Powell will get runs and evenl win the game for us. But what about the other three games. Bravo seems satisfied with giving the ball a good wack a few times and enjoying himself. Sarwan is not a better selection than Chanderpaul and D Smith is a maybe. In fact it is a good bet that Smith may go through the entire series, if picked, without making more than 20 runs in any innings. There is one spinner in the squad.Not good. I can't disagree with dropping Russell. He has not improved his game since in four years. He is static. He needs to learn to bowl with guile and movement and he needs to understand that he has the making of a useful batsman and not just a T20 wacker, who will soon loose his attractiveness to the IPL. Bravo is marginally better than Sammy

  • on May 5, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    If Gayle or the other players could have even half.....just (0.5) % of the commitment that Daren Sammy dedicate to the West Indies team...Then the entire caribbean would have to walk behind the team and pick up sixes and fours, as well as wickets after the Champion trophy! I believe that BRavo as the ODI captain is ok, i strongly think that Marlon Samuels should have been appointed as the voice captain. The WI board should ask themselves this question, "why didnt i include Shane Shillingford.....why why". Overall, i must say that i do beleive that this WI side will take home the title if they manage to defeat England in the final by 60 runs or 5 wickets. A tough WI team should read; Gayle, Sarwan, Samuel, D. Bravo, Pollard, Cpt. Bravo, Sammy, Ramdin, Rampaul, Roach, Narine

  • on May 5, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    A little surprising considering that for me Sammy was doing a reasonable good job and Bravo's batting, bowling and fielding isn't too disimilar to that of Sammy's. The losses to Bang. and Aus were because of TEAM failures. I remember Sammy scoring an unbeaten half century to win one of the matches in Bang. Considering that the Champions Trophy is being played in England, I think that Shiv. Chanderpaul could easily have made it into the team. The pitches are going to offer some help to the bowlers. Devon smith is a good pick as he has always been a tournament player. Check WCs and Dsmith is always around. Most of the batsmen can hit but they will have to learn to build innings if the WI are going to do anything of worth in this tournament. A.Russel doesn't even play for Delhi; his cricket seems to be deteriorating and we all know CG record in ODI cricket recently is terrible so who ever the captain is, they will have to play well if they are to win anything.Batsmen will have to perform.

  • on May 5, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    russell left out ..no suprise...sarwan has made a comeback and has been tried and failed,,,should invest in someone who has proven themselves in the local comp......

  • delboy on May 5, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Surely the wrong Smith is include. If Dwayne Smith is left out then the side is better balanced with Deonarine. Devon Smith for an INTERNATIONAL limited overs format series even as 12th man is not right.

  • on May 5, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    I think this is as close to the best side that we could picked under the circumstances considering where the tournament is being held,the weather,conditions and time of year it is being held.Of course some will feel unlucky to be left out,Shannon Gabriel can feel unlucky,but then again,maybe they are trying to manage his workload considering his injuries in the past,Andre Russell may feel unlucky,but then again,he is mercurial in terms of his performances and they are so much allrounders in the team ;Sammy,Bravo,Pollard to a lesser extent and now Jason Holder as a pacer that can bat,so for 50 over cricket,you do not want so many SO called allrounders or bits and pieces players if that is an accurate term that can be used.But i wish this team the best of luck,if they play as a TEAM,they can and will do well.

  • Reuelsean on May 5, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Great decision, it makes a lot of sense and allows them to play another batsman instead of having to pick Sammy for every single Game. This is the Best Wi team in a long time, wish our boys the best of luck.

  • on May 5, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Ramnaresh Sarwan is not ready for this trophy a think he should be place in the WI A team first and get some runs but let us see if he can prove us wrong

  • SirViv1973 on May 5, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    I'm not sure this is the best move 4 wi. Bravo is a player who has far more natural talent than Sammy but 2 my mind has under achieved 4 much of his career across all formats, add 2 this his lack of commitment in the past in turning down central contracts & late withdrawals from fc matches, then I can't see how he is the right choice 2 lead the team. I think Sammy offers plenty in the ltd overs department & should have remained capt in both odi & t20, its the test side where he dosent fit. 4 several yrs wi have been a bowler short 2 enable ds 2 play now havin moved both him & Dr up the order they r a batsman short. It's difficult 2 say how much side has improved as the recent wins have come against teams lower in the rankings, It's criminal that the tests against pak were cancelled as this would have been an ideal barometer 2 measure any improvement.

  • on May 5, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    As Brian LARA said couple of weeks ago about Sammy's commitment so it's good to include him in the squad. His fielding has always been very good and bowling comes in handy most of the times despite lack of pace. Dwayne now has to shoulder more responsibility apart from bowling and batting. Good Luck to Him and we hope that West Indies will repeat the performances of 2004 Champions Trophy.

  • on May 5, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    i think that the squad is strong and he is the best choice for west indies cricket. just a few players was over looked; dwayne smith, shane shillingford . i think devon is ok because of recent form but is still a suspect to quality spin bowling.

  • on May 5, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    surprised Russell got left out, given he averages 30 with the bat and 31 with the ball

  • crindo77 on May 5, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    This WI team, once it starts playing as a 'team', can be amazingly good and unbeatable. Strikingly, there are NO passengers. Opening with Gayle and Charles, then the 2 Bravos, Marlon, and Sammy; enuff firepower to blow a hole into most teams. Ramnarine is a more than an able bat; and Rampaul, Best, Roach, Narine, excellent bowlers and handy bats.

  • rumcork69 on May 5, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Congrat Dwayne, hope you do well, you certainly have the passion. Thank you Darren Sammy your services during some difficult time is greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work in the test arena.

  • Stark62 on May 5, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    I think Sammy is going to be phased out of the team!!

    I feel sorry for him because he brought back some respect to the Windies but is soon going to be shown the door.

    Anyway, I don't think the Windies will go far in this tournament because they have to face SA, Pak and Ind. SA and Pak have the best two bowling attacks in the world, then you have SA and Ind, who have the best two batting line ups in the world.

    They would have fared much better against the likes of Nz, SL and Aus but unfortunately, they were plumped into the group of death.

  • on May 5, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Well said tpjpower and Chaminda, personally I am a fan of Sammy and I reckon this squad may cause a few surprises in the Champions Trophy.

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 5, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Personally I would of had Chanderpaul ahead of Sarwan and Powell/Dwayne Smith ahead of Charles. Great side apart form that. Sammy is a great guy and has done a lot for W.I cricket I think with the amount of cricket played and difference between each format the future will be like England and Australia already have adapted to (different captains for different formats)

  • on May 5, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Disappointed, He is a real gentleman and obviously very dedicated to WI cricket. He is the main force for WI revival in world cricket. Very good cricketer also showed his class in IPL I think he is a better batsman than bowler should play at no 7 in every format. And extremely good fielder.And he is the most committed cricketer in WI than Bravo or any other player although Bravo is a very good player but I doubt his commitment. It may turn positive for sammy as he can look at his game. All the best to West Indies.

  • on May 5, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Good Decision...........and good squad selection just 2 question 1) where is powall as he is far batter opener then charles in odi specially. 2) where is Gerom Taylor why he is not including in squad from last 1.5 yrs or so........

  • AngryAngy on May 5, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Sammy is a real bugbear for a lot of people when it comes to squad selection, but it's really only ODIs where he struggles to fill a useful role. In Tests he is a tidy workhorse to structure a wayward attack around; in T20s he still shines as a bowler who is hard to get easy boundaries off. However it's in ODIs where you can often afford to do without boundaries and those bowlers just get milked.

    Nevertheless he has been the captain West Indies needed, a player who achieves some consensus between the players and the board. Captaincy is a lot more than just being your best on the field and picking a few tactics. One hopes that Sammy's tenure will be a reminder of this.

  • Windies2Dheart on May 5, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    I hope that this move works. i guess many of the hate-the-Sammyists are having drinks and toasts over this decision. But be realistic, sammys place in the squad is still warranted. Hes not top pace, but his bowling is as effective as some of the genuine bowlers (check the stats). Here are some facts about some points about some of the pet players that some of us like. Jerome taylor WAS good, but is he even interested in playing for Ja now? Can anyone see that Russel's and Dwayne Smith's fielding are their only real attributes that should warrant a place. Benn has grown a lot physically and in skill but still has the attitude of a spoilt 13 yr old. PS... with the exception of Devon Smith, batting in this year's domestic stage was disgraceful. it was the year-of-the-mediocre-spinners. (like N. Miller).

  • tpjpower on May 5, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Darren Sammy must be the nicest chap in world cricket. He always seems genuinely warm and affable in interviews. A proper team player.

  • VicPride on May 5, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Love the way Darren Sammy goes about his cricket. Good to see he isn't dropped from the format, he will provide Bravo with great support. He just seems like a guy that wants cricket to do well and knows how to go about it.

  • josimar on May 5, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Well done West Indies,but sarwan wasting time sorry to say, bravo would do good as captain.

  • thalalara on May 5, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    I feel removing Sammy and replacing Bravo is not a good move in the long run. All said and done the team has been shaping up with Sammy at the helm of affairs. Winning T20 WC is a greatest moment for Windies in the last decade. He started gaining popularity within his teammates and also in the international arena, removing him is a big blunder by the selectors. Forget about his batting average, Bravo's is also nothing great to speak about.

    Also without Chanderpaul the middle order is very brittle, if a situation arise 10 for 3 you need CP around to stabalise the innings. Also they should have considered one more spinner.

  • on May 5, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    i dont know how smart a decision this is. Darren Sammy as Test Captain ? He is clearly taking up the place of genuine bowler and completely throws the balance of the team off.. secondly,Dwayne Bravo as captain? Now Bravo, is not very different from Sammy(both have similar numbers in ODI's). Now'll u'll have another overrated all rounder with immunity. At first, it Sammy kept out a good batsman in order for both himself and Pollard to play and now Bravo will do the same thing. its 50 overs cricket and not t20. having 3 genuine batsmen in Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels and Gayle is not enough. u need another batsmen at number 5 to solidify the lineup and have an all rounder at 6. not 2 all rounders whose is 20 batting at 5 & 6(Bravo and Pollard)

    Btw, its ODI cricket and not t20. its 300 balls vs 120. packing ure team with power hitters who last 20 balls each in the middle is a sure way not to bat 50 overs @ Sinhaya.

  • on May 5, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    very poor selection....at every front sarwan,ramdin r in poor form ...devon good in domestic bt never performed well in international...so many youngsters doin good at domestic level..wi should keep in mind world cup n prepare team accordingly .. wi nt having any other wicketkeeper? why nt badri n so many quality spinners which will trouble english batsmen irrespective of pitches?sarwan cant play fast if required...from die hard west indies fan indian....

  • Mageplayer on May 5, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Where is Dwayne Smith? He should definitely be in the squad

  • FAB_ALI on May 5, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    In my view, Samuels could have been a better man to be given the charge...but lets see how well Bravo does, he wont be bad either.

  • Christash on May 5, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Good decision, sammy has alot more to learn as a cricketer, maybe he will now, his place was question awhile now in the team, indeed did SHIV retired from ODI??

  • on May 5, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    sarwan \o/ we need a batsman like him/chanderpaul to balance the team.

  • siddhartha87 on May 5, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    GO INdies!!This is an exciting team.Playing XI:

    Gayle,Charles,Darren Bravo/Sarwan,Samuels,Dwayne Bravo,K.Pollard,Ramdin,Sammy,rampaul,Narine,Roach

  • seanL on May 5, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    this is good selection as i wanted, but we want more experience like chanderpaul, what is wrong with him, he is only WI player after 1990 who got consistency as a batsman, he is the only world class player who got lowest attention, I want S. benn, F. edwards & Jerem Taylor ( those two are best fast bowlers they got since 2000), K roach & R Rampul nedd more experience, but I appreciate Sarwan selection as it is must for them, My WI team C. Gayle, D. Smith/Andre russel/D. Sammy, R. Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Samuwels, D. Bravo, Pollard, D. Ramdin, S.benn/s. Narayan, F. Edwards, J. Taylor,

  • Sinhaya on May 5, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Worth giving Bravo the captaincy in ODIs. So this means Windies can have many allrounders in the ODI XI such as Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Russell which means good set of power hitters. Good luck West Indies.

  • Ali_86xz on May 5, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    If WI want to win the Champions Trophy, they only need one player to perform in every match... Chris Gayle of course :p.

  • on May 5, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Bravo shd thank the CSK Team as well as Dhoni for this elevation !! Although the WI TEAM has talented players--batsmen & bowlers--they are yet to make it BIG as a well-knit .. cohesive Team !!

  • on May 5, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    How come Darren Bravo is not in the team ?

  • on May 5, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Ramesh Sarwan over Dwayne Smith ?

  • on May 5, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Sammy is good. I think WI has to come back to Sammy even in ODIs.... but by then the integrity that sammy has developed will be lost. Very bad decision

  • on May 5, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    i also not approve of this decision. but maybe he will rather use himself well. for quite a while he has been underused by WI. i want to see him opening the bowling in the seaming conditions. and even bat in top 4

  • Romenevans on May 5, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    No Samuel Badree? You gotta be kidding me.

  • on May 5, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    has chanderpaul retired from odis or something? :S

  • on May 5, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    batting looks weak, darren bravo has noy played in a while, samuels is injured, sarwan is out of form.who is going to bat fifty overs, trhedse selectors need glasses they can't see. the only good thing they did is replace sammy as captain. they will exit this tournament in the first round

  • on May 5, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    asicricket1234 is spot on! With no Tests in the near future, why the need to shuffle the captaincy NOW? Not sure that Bravo is the best bet for a future Windies captain either, as he seems too fond of onfield conversations with opponents which are as close to sledging as you can get! He was seen giving a mouthful to Sarwan and Best recently - how is this a good move NOW?

  • JeewanD on May 5, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    The WICB do come up with shockers, this is one of the worst, although it seems like a minor contraction at this moment, it will prove costly and will ruin the balance of the team across all three forms. I am sure, Sammy will get dropped from the ODI team very soon.

  • on May 5, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Looking@ sammy pics i am not amused.WI was a team that was always professional and aggressive unlike these jokers. They win 2/10 but over celebrate which is a shame in itself.

  • JBSA on May 5, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    All the best to Bravo to succeed as a captain

  • BrianCharlesVivek on May 5, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    Pathetic decision. Dwayne Bravo himself is not a regular and now he is captain...They were showing some improvement, but now back to old ridiculous methods.

  • bluestar555 on May 5, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Commercial players shouldn't be made captains, Bravo will play more better for Chennai then for WI. Samuels or Sarwan would have been ideal to lead the team.

  • FazleAbed on May 5, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    If it is due to Bangladesh and Australia series lose, I am okay with that. But Sammy is a good captain. He needs to be with the team as he is a very good team player. All 5 players Smith, Rassel, Pollard, Bravo and Sammy needs to with West Indies. I wish the new captain best of luck. & congratulate Sammy for given us a good West Indies side.

  • scottyg on May 5, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    I hope that if Bravo is to be made WI Captain, he focuses solely on West Indies Cricket, and makes the team his first priority. I hope that the selectors bring him back into the test side, where his batting can be of use to strengthen the weak middle order, and eventually replace Sammy as captain there to

  • TRAM on May 5, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Playing for CSK seems to be the pre-qualifier for players to raise to captaincy for their respective country. Faf DuPlessis and now Bravo. Nevertheless Bravo's fantastic all round talent should by itself qualify him for captaincy, since he can understand the psychology of batsman, bowler and fielder.

  • SALUL on May 5, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    its a good move to train someone to take over from sammy it is good for west indies cricket bear in mind sammy has done a good job.

  • on May 5, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    its just a joke....they need to sort out WI's Test problem as Sammy was not fit in test side, instead they kicked him out of ODIs which they were going fine in his leadership.

  • on May 5, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Good move, Sammy has done well with the T20 team but the ODI needs a more aggressive Captain. Congrats Dwayne Bravo

  • Aju.Nair on May 5, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    They could have given Sammy 1 more chance.not the ideal time WI done this change.I agree to the fact that Sammy is not a productive captain, but they can become a black horse any time.They proved that in world T20.Sammy's spirit in the filed always life the team moral and it is good to see they are enjoying the game in their own way.All the best to Bravo.he should have to control his emotions.WI is a good team and if they play sensibly they can make wonders.Gayle, Samules, Pollard, Charles -tell me which team has this much hard hitters.only problem is they need someone to anchor the innings and that role should have to be taken by Sarwan and Darren Bravo. try something different here.bring Pollard at No.3. Gayle,Sarwan can open the innings. Gayle,Sarwan,Pollard,Samuels,Darren Brawo,J.Charles,Dwane Bravo,Ramdin, D.Sammy,K.Roach,S.Narine. 5th bowler options- Samuels,Pollard,Gayle. J.Charles in middle order or opening is a question to me as his batting style is vulnerable.All the best WI.

  • on May 5, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Sammy is captaining the fastest and the slowest format and not the one in the middle, nice.

  • on May 5, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Great move to give Dwayne Bravo the captaincy! Sammy has done well and should be applauded for his effort. This current team look very strong as a unit and as a crowd entertainer as well as the Champion. My starting 11;..(1)Chris Gayle, (2) Ramnaresh Sarwan, (3) Marlon Samuels, (4) (capt.)Dwayne Bravo, (5) Kieron Pollard, (6)Darren Sammy, (7) Denesh Ramdin (wk & vc), (8)Ravi Rampaul, (9) Kemar Roach, (10)Sunil Narine and (11)Darren Bravo. This is the strongest team on paper....and one that is capable of batting longer than just T20 duration.

  • TeamSelector on May 5, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    It will be very interesting to see if Sammy actually finds a place in the playing eleven. The universal view was that he was taking up a genuine fast bowler's slot in the side.

  • Balb on May 5, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo is a good choice as long as IPL and other T20 does not falls in line with WI ODI schedules. If it does they will be looking for another captain.

    I still believe Sarwan has a raw deal as captain unless he refused the opportunity.

  • Balb on May 5, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Good move. WI do need two captains. If the teams are properly selected it will give other talents an opportunities in all formats. Opportunity to blood new faces. Pity Deonarine is left out but that is to show how much talents are now available to chose from. Hoping the likes of Simmons, Barath, Gabriel, and other young stars will surface in the near future.

  • on May 5, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    Tough on Darren Sammy, but, as a true team man, he has taken decision in stride. He is in the 15 man squad but the tour selectors are not now compelled to pick him in the final 'balanced' 11 and he now has to compete with all rounders Pollard and new captain Bravo for a spot. Let's wait and see what happens. Devon Smith appears to have been rewarded for good regional four day and ODI performances (while most of the 'stars' were unavailable). What about Shane Shillingford then who was devastating with the ball across the same formats?

  • D-Train on May 5, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    How does Russell not get in the squad? In a few matches during the series against Australia he was statistically the best batsman. Not bad considering his primary role is as a bowler

  • bovado on May 5, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Worst decision ever in the history of decision making Bravo should be a gentleman and decline Ramdin should be a man and quit. He is the worst wicket keeper batsman in the history of wicket keeping batsmen. WICBC should be ashamed of them selves.

  • on May 5, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Great Competitor he is! but it ll test him leading the big heads like Gayle,Pollard and samuels! :P

  • yoadie on May 5, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    Feet have two shoes, and so one hopes that there is another foot of this pair of shoes to drop. Sammy should also be thanked for his having held the Test side together. But now, that time too, has come. There is at least one good batsman waiting to strut. And there is at least one good fast bowler of promise, waiting to be unleashed. At the West Indies Test level, Sammy is now not unlike a blockage in a pipe.

  • cricketfanwrites on May 5, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    Great job by Sammy while WI had their issues. But its time for them to compete against the top tier teams and in order for them to to so, they will need to phase out Sammy and the other non performing players. This is step one.

  • on May 5, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    This would be my starting 11 for West Indies in the Champions Trophy.

    1. Gayle 2. Smith 3. Darren 4. Marlon 5. Dwayne 6. Pollard 7. Sammy 8. Ramdin 9. Narine 10. Rampaul 11. Best

  • on May 4, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    My starting line up: Chris Gayle Ramnaresh Sarwan Darren Bravo Marlon Samuels Dwayne Bravo (capt.) Kieron Pollard Denesh Ramdin (wk & vc) Darren Sammy Sunil Narine Ravi Rampaul Kemar Roach

  • on May 4, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    Congrats Bravo!!! You deserve this.

  • rienzied on May 4, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Finally a proper cricketer who is the captain of WI, not an its and bits player. Hey Andrew Flintoff, where are you now, I remember your sledge to Dwayne that 'where are you going to be in 5 years time'!!!

  • Javed_17 on May 4, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    when will Beaton get his chance? Personally i am no fan of Sammy and for those who assume he deserve's a spot. The only reason he has been playing EVERY match was that he was captain. Without runs or wickets he deserves no spot. Does not even deserve to be picked on the short list. He averages 22 runs and taken 69 wickets from 92 matches no ODI centuries and 4 half centuries. Yet i see a comment " he performed well too". A better allrounder is Andre Russel and the new kid on the block Verasammy Permaul is a rare spinning allrounder who captained the West Indies A team beating the Indian A team with talents like Rohit sharma in the squad. My point is you cannot fail at something consistently over 90+ matches and still get a guaranteed spot.

  • on May 4, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Not agreed with the decission at all..Samy has done a lot for wi cricket and I lyk his commitment for d team also..really d change was not at all required ahead of a such big tournament..

  • on May 4, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    Strange decision and tough on Sammy. As the ultimate team person that he is, he appears to have taken the news in stride. He may be in the squad of 15 but the selectors on tour will not now be compelled to pick him in the final 11 given the presence of competing all rounders Pollard and Captain Bravo.Selectors have rewarded Devon Smith for a good regional performance across all formats (while the 'stars' were away). What about Shane Shillingford though who was devastating with the ball?

  • vrn59 on May 4, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    My WI XI would be Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo opening, Ramnaresh Sarwan at No. 3, followed by Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo (C) and Denesh Ramdin (wk). Darren Sammy can bat at No. 8, which is too low for him, but it can't be helped. The other two specialist seamers could be Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul, with Tino Best on standby in case of injury or bad form of Roach. Sunil Narine can be the lone spinner in the team. Looks to be a solid team, with batting ability all the way down to No. 8, and great bowling options with Roach/Best, Rampaul, Sammy, Captain Bravo, Pollard (seam), Narine, Samuels and Gayle (spin). 8 out of 11 players can bat and 8 out of 11 can bowl! The all-round balance of the team looks great! I wouldn't be surprised at all if this team went far.

  • on May 4, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    hey i love sammy, but i couldn't stomach the series loss to Bangladesh, we do need some fresh thinking and approaches to how we play ODI's, we need to win this champions trophy and restart our bid to dominance. i hail our team and await something special from the boys. WINDIES ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!

  • noplay on May 4, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Congratulations Dwayne Bravo. Lots of good players in the squad. I want to take issue with the Chairman of the selection panel on WI progress in tests, however. We still seem to be the best of the Bangladesh/NZ/Zim/WI group. Our recent attempts against Aus/Eng/India have yielded some good individual performances but no real challenge to those teams. This probably has nothing to do with Sammy's captaincy, but the selectors must acknowledge the true state of our cricket.

  • on May 4, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    there is no doubt about Dwayne bravo's commitment. But I would guess its too much work for an all rounder.

  • on May 4, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    This doesn't make any sense seeing that they persisted with him as captain for far too long. Why bail on him now? Sammy is now just a dead duck captain and player in the team. The ODI teams-yes, Test captain-No. Where is Shiv in the champions trophy squad? Why Devon Smith ahead of Shiv? And is Powell hurt or something, why isn't he in the squad ahead of Devon Smith? Too much left handers, I guess eh. These selectors are puzzling to put it nicely.

  • on May 4, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Good squad. Good to see Devon Smith back, he deserves it. Would have loved to see maybe a C. Walton as keeper to add better batting. It's hard for me to pick a starting eleven. That's how I know it's a good squad.

  • on May 4, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    I would never have thought a decision would have been as such. It is a weird time to be making such a big decisions with consideration to West Indies recent success in world cricket. Dwayne Bravo is an exceptional player and deserves captaincy if Sammy would ever be excluded. I wish them the best but my question is ; would it put too much pressure on Bravo being assigned captaincy unexpectedly before a world tournament?..i wish it could i have been done after the champions trophy depending in Sammy performance as captain...

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on May 4, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    terrible timing by the wicbc. some things just never change

  • UtsavShah@fantasyleague on May 4, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Sammy definitely deserves to retain d captaincy....bravo may not perform dat well wid d load of captaincy as hes a free flowing player who may give in to high responsibilities

  • stickboy on May 4, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    looks like a really solid and balanced squad, which has been so rare for west indies for a long time. They should at least reach the semi's, but won't be surprised if they win the tournament. I think Dwayne Smith would be a better choice than Devon Smith, especially due to his IPL batting recently.

    Losing the captaincy seems a bit harsh on Darren Sammy I think and a strange time to choose a new captain, they possibly should have done it after the tournament, if it is really necessary...

  • Dhutugemunu on May 4, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Interesting change just ahead of a big tournament. WI could be the dark horse in this Champions Trophy. If they can't reach Semis, they might ruin some parties of other Fancy teams.

  • on May 4, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    I do believe that is not a very wise idea

  • on May 4, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    good decision by WI cricket board

  • asiacricket1234 on May 4, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    this decision doesn't make sense :O. Sammy has done a great job as captain. Their performance improved since Sammy became captain. Bravo has fitness issue and he is the kinda guy who is more interested about earning money in T20 leagues than playing for WI :/. Feel sorry for Sammy. He has been a good captain and he performed well too :(

  • asiacricket1234 on May 4, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    this decision doesn't make sense :O. Sammy has done a great job as captain. Their performance improved since Sammy became captain. Bravo has fitness issue and he is the kinda guy who is more interested about earning money in T20 leagues than playing for WI :/. Feel sorry for Sammy. He has been a good captain and he performed well too :(

  • on May 4, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    good decision by WI cricket board

  • on May 4, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    I do believe that is not a very wise idea

  • Dhutugemunu on May 4, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Interesting change just ahead of a big tournament. WI could be the dark horse in this Champions Trophy. If they can't reach Semis, they might ruin some parties of other Fancy teams.

  • stickboy on May 4, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    looks like a really solid and balanced squad, which has been so rare for west indies for a long time. They should at least reach the semi's, but won't be surprised if they win the tournament. I think Dwayne Smith would be a better choice than Devon Smith, especially due to his IPL batting recently.

    Losing the captaincy seems a bit harsh on Darren Sammy I think and a strange time to choose a new captain, they possibly should have done it after the tournament, if it is really necessary...

  • UtsavShah@fantasyleague on May 4, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Sammy definitely deserves to retain d captaincy....bravo may not perform dat well wid d load of captaincy as hes a free flowing player who may give in to high responsibilities

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on May 4, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    terrible timing by the wicbc. some things just never change

  • on May 4, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    I would never have thought a decision would have been as such. It is a weird time to be making such a big decisions with consideration to West Indies recent success in world cricket. Dwayne Bravo is an exceptional player and deserves captaincy if Sammy would ever be excluded. I wish them the best but my question is ; would it put too much pressure on Bravo being assigned captaincy unexpectedly before a world tournament?..i wish it could i have been done after the champions trophy depending in Sammy performance as captain...

  • on May 4, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Good squad. Good to see Devon Smith back, he deserves it. Would have loved to see maybe a C. Walton as keeper to add better batting. It's hard for me to pick a starting eleven. That's how I know it's a good squad.

  • on May 4, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    This doesn't make any sense seeing that they persisted with him as captain for far too long. Why bail on him now? Sammy is now just a dead duck captain and player in the team. The ODI teams-yes, Test captain-No. Where is Shiv in the champions trophy squad? Why Devon Smith ahead of Shiv? And is Powell hurt or something, why isn't he in the squad ahead of Devon Smith? Too much left handers, I guess eh. These selectors are puzzling to put it nicely.