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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Anupam 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Good move!!this will improve their odi

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Bob 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.

  • beverly 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.