West Indies tour of Sri Lanka

Darren Sammy named West Indies captain

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October 17, 2010

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Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle during practice ahead of the World Twenty20, Providence, April 27, 2010
A change of guard in West Indies cricket - Darren Sammy takes over from Chris Gayle © West Indies Cricket Board

Chris Gayle has been axed as the West Indies captain and replaced by the allrounder Darren Sammy in a shake-up that has also resulted in Brendan Nash being handed the vice-captaincy. However, Gayle has kept his spot in the squad for the three-Test tour of Sri Lanka in November, despite turning down a central contract with the WICB last month.

The board has also demoted Dwayne Bravo, who was the vice-captain under Gayle but like his captain did not agree to a new WICB deal. The pair, along with Kieron Pollard, have forged lucrative Twenty20 careers in domestic tournaments including the IPL and refused central contracts which stipulated that they must make themselves available for the West Indies team at all times.

That has paved the way for the Windward Islands captain, Sammy, to take over the leadership, despite not being a regular member of the Test side. He and the Australian-born Nash will be in charge of the Test squad until the end of the 2011 home series, ending Gayle's three-year period at the helm of the team.

Gayle led West Indies to three wins in 20 Tests as captain, and they sit seventh on the ICC Test rankings list and eighth in the ODI rankings. Sammy said he was looking forward to the challenge of leading the side, even though in Sri Lanka the squad will be missing several experienced men, including the now uncontracted Denesh Ramdin, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Jerome Taylor.

"Being appointed West Indies captain is an honour and distinction which I will treat with the highest regard and dignity," Sammy said. "I believe my captaincy of the Windward Islands, a young team which I have been moulding into playing consistently competitive cricket, will stand me in good stead as West Indies captain as we work on building a team for the future.

"I have always given my all when I prepare and play for the West Indies and nothing will change now. I know this will be a difficult challenge and I will take the torch from Chris and hold it high as we forge ahead. I have been playing for the West Indies since 2004 and over those six years I have built strong relationships with many players and I expect to have the full support of the squad."

The decision to appoint Sammy and Nash into positions of responsibility is indicative of the WICB's desire to achieve stability in leadership from players whose availability isn't in question. Ernest Hilaire, the board's CEO, said: "Chris Gayle, the former captain, led the West Indies during a challenging period and the board thanks him for stepping up then but it is now time to past the mantle on as the West Indies rebuilds."

The squad picked for the Sri Lanka series features several players who didn't play against South Africa at home earlier in the year, West Indies' most recent Test assignment. Adrian Barath, the opener who burst onto the international scene with a century on debut against Australia in Brisbane last year, returns after hurting his knee in April.

Carlton Baugh, who has not played a Test since 2004, will vie with Devon Thomas for the role behind the stumps, while there was also a maiden call-up for the Jamaica allrounder Andre Russell. The opener Devon Smith, who played his most recent Test in May 2009, is also back after averaging 61.50 while leading West Indies A in the first-class fixtures in England this year.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Brendan Nash (vice-captain), Chris Gayle, Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Nelon Pascal, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas (wk).

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Posted by Alexei on (October 24, 2010, 22:34 GMT)

WI_analyst what are u talking about?? Gayle is a great player of spin.. Ive seen him hit big scores against the likes of Dan Vettori, Swann, P.Harris, Warne, macgill and hauritz and even Murali! when he was last here..the only bowling i kno Chris cant play to is Chaminda Vaas who is retired now anyway...but on the selection of this squad.. Baugh should have been called up a long time ago, even if it was to be alongside ramdin in a squad..because baugh deserves it, he has a much superior avg to ramdin and even hit an unbeaten century against the austrailians when they were here..Andre russell is a good prospect, so too Darren Bravo, Smith has been granted another chance as he and the forementioned two were on the sub-continent earlier this yr and performed..WI will miss Sarwan's spin playing miserably though..on the captaincy issue, they dont hav much of a choice on who to turn to as Sammy's committment is unmatched..wee will just have to wait and see how he goes..

Posted by silverline102 on (October 24, 2010, 6:04 GMT)

sammy is a decent cricketer, but his position as captain will provide problems for the final 11. will we how play two allrounders, sammy and Bravo, or only one fast bowler, remember our batting is very weak, young bravo most likely at 3, nash in the middle, sri lanka will have a field day bowling at us, as will their batsmen. it's looking like another disastourus tour for the West Indies.

Posted by ChrisH on (October 22, 2010, 16:18 GMT)

What on earth is cooliechile talking about? There have been 16-17 presidents of the WICB(C) since it was founded in the 1920s and out of them only two have ever been president while the WI captain was from the same territory for half or more of their term: Pat Rousseau and Ken Gordon. Even then it was about 50-50 in their cases as with Pat Rousseau there were two captains from his territory and two captains who were not from his territory and it was the same with Ken Gordon where Lara and Chanderpaul were captains during his tenure. With Hunte who is from the Windwards it has been Gayle from Jamaica who has served as captain for the majority of his term to date. For the rest of the past presidents, there were only captains from the same territory as them for a minority of the matches (sometimes just 1 match) and there were 7 who served their terms without a captain ever once coming from their territory: Yearwood, St. Felix Dare, Marley, Rae, Cpt. Peter Short, Wes Hall & Teddy Griffith.

Posted by cooliechile on (October 21, 2010, 10:44 GMT)

SVG you too are clearly also a small islander, with a small islander mentality. And if you look at the recent history of West Indies cricket, you would see that in most cases, the president and captain usually comes from the same territory. That's just the way it is. And the reason why St Lucia and Dominica are referred to as smaller islands is because they are very very undeveloped places, and so to is St Vincent. So while all the islands may be small, the winward and leeward islands have the small minded mentality that will get you guys nowhere. And its not getting West Indies cricket anywhere either. And i am not from Guyana

Posted by   on (October 21, 2010, 5:19 GMT)

Are we back to the olden days of insularity and "origin" Chanderpaul, in. That's good. Guess you wanted to drop hi also, but you NEED him. But there is no Sarwan, no Deonarine, no Ramdin (gues he screwed up)I am glad Barathn is in. Are the selectors using players' ability to select team or " other" factors....

Posted by svg27rivers on (October 21, 2010, 0:30 GMT)

To cooliechile If you not from Guyana don't even talk about small island because all the other Island of the Caribbean is small. You are just making your self an International ass. Cuba 43,00 sq miles and about eleven million people is constantly refer as the small Island of Cuba by BBC. When Jamaica made the World Cup final they were refer to as the tiny island of Jamaica. If you are from Guyana there are more Guyanise living in the small Islands than in Guyana. Thousand of Jamaican lives in these same small Island also so stop the small island nonsense. Two small islands produce some of the greatest cricketers the world have ever seen. Barbados and Antigua are those two Islands. Some thing I never understand is St Lucia and Dominica is bigger than Barbados but Barbados is call big island.

Posted by sajjodaalman on (October 20, 2010, 22:34 GMT)

i am a die hard west indian. but i officially give up on windies cricket. its just one bad selection after another. this squad will prob not even win a match in sri lanka. im happy for sammy and that russell got a pick. but if baugh and devon smith are back because of good form, then imran khan, devendra bishoo, and santokie also should have been selected because for the last season they have been the best bowlers in domestic cricket. and i still think sarwan should have played

Posted by sagitrama on (October 20, 2010, 22:29 GMT)

He will be a great captain, as quoted by CRICINFO in his profile - "Darren Julius Garvey Sammy has names invoking images of great leadership" :)

Posted by cooliechile on (October 20, 2010, 11:48 GMT)

Metman, clearly you are a small islander. Sammy would have never been the captain if the president of the WICB was not a small islander also. Haven't you noticed that all of a sudden a lot of West Indies cricketers are from the small islands. Metman, how many titles have the Winward and Leeward islands won in the West Indies in recent times???

Posted by   on (October 20, 2010, 1:33 GMT)

Chris Gayle has to be one of the smartest cricketer playing the game.Refused to sign the contract, automatically relinquish the captaincy so when those hurry come up so call cricketers fail to perform they won't be able to blame him.I like D Sammy but Boy you have a Job ahead you..My question,have the selectors for get to pick some Bowlers for this tour of S L? I reallywish them luck..I'm loking forward to a pleasant surpraise..............

Posted by WI_anaylst on (October 20, 2010, 1:30 GMT)

That's funny so Darren Sammy shouldnt be captain because he can't play spin.. then why was Gayle captain in the first place.. Hardly any west indian player can play spin

Posted by Metman on (October 19, 2010, 22:49 GMT)

Fellow readers do not be mislead!Sammy was not made capt.in order to make the WI win.Sammy was made capt because Gayle and Bravo were not committed and because Sarwan and Chanders dont want it.The WI will never ever win another series under any Board,Selectors,Coach.and as long as we continue to have bias Umpires, Commentators and WIPA in our midst.People get real!Biases,jealousy and insularity is like a cancer in our cricket.It is evident in the selectors from the team that was selected.It is evident in some of the comments on this page.It is also evident in some of the players.We have players who do so much as to keep they place on the team intact.WI cricket is all about biases and insularity ,even selecting an all time WI XI ,the jury was biased in their selections.To be bias and insular is the norm over here!

Posted by Metman on (October 19, 2010, 19:08 GMT)

@svg27rivers !The members of the TT team you mentioned are not big guns,in TnT maybe!They are only a sorry bunch of poor mediocre cricketers,who enjoy living in a world of fantasy thinking that they are the best in the west .Remember TT in the over 100 years of playing cricket,has only produced ONE big gun,and he turned out to be the most self centred cricketer the World has ever produced.With all the preparations,cross country races et al,I thought you all were heading to the Commonwealth games in India !Sammy not only outfoxed Ganga in every aspect of the game ,he also succeeded in making Ganga and his team,the laughting stock of the Caribbean.Sammy is demanding and getting respect from the Islands making up the Windwards,unlike Ganga who only has TnT to contend with, and from what I understand he is not that respected in TnT as a leader either!.That should hold Sammy in good stead in the coming months.Ride on Sammy!we are behind you!No Ganga,No Ramdin, No Rampaul,No Pollard.

Posted by delboy on (October 19, 2010, 18:27 GMT)

Looks like the management have run out of ideas. It strikes me that there is that mentality of 'try any thing to get a WIN' rather than adopt a strategic approach. Planning is something alien to the WI, it never happened in the past as raw talent prevailed; todays is a different ball game. FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL!

If this was a home test series then all the big names would be included to encourage ticket sale.. pity the Sri Lankan's cannot approach the ICC and seek to cancel the tour for lack of competition and bankrupt the WIBC if they fail to generate enough revenue in securing spectators to come to stadiums to watch little more than a Sunday league team game. Opting to play Ireland or the USA might be more beneficial for SRI.

A better solutions is to send the ladies team.....

Posted by cricketman96 on (October 19, 2010, 16:34 GMT)

Once again d critics r trying 2 make their voices d loudest. Changes r inevitable .D WICB has decided 2 go in a different direction with team leadership & b4 d welcome news could settle d nay-sayers are all over d bloggersphere condeming it. For heaven sake give Sammy a break.These pessimists r so persistant its unbelieveable. They think Lara,Sawan & Gayle wasn't good enough, and now before Captain Sammy could start he too is deemed unsuitable. But we diehard carribbean cricket fans refuse 2 let them bring us down. We throw our support 100% behind the WI, Sammy & Nash. We'll rise again. Every new tournement brings new hope. For those who strongly believe that Ganga should be the skipper, I say, let him be re-selected on d team first. WICB should stop thinking so small minded. Small region doesn't mean small mind.Y shackle our players 2 so rigid a contract That will limit their ablility to earn maximum exposure,experience and $$ for their cricketing skiils. RALLY ROUND WI.

Posted by Silva-Surfa on (October 19, 2010, 16:13 GMT)

just wanted to address intikhab's comments. you're right about some points in the sense of Sammy being a virtual novice, but that doesn't give you the right to be insulting about the Windward and Leeland Islands. just another illustration on how segregated, ignorant and the complete lack of respect some closed-minded individuals can be. oh well when people live in their own bubble, they tend to come out with nothing but negative stereotypes. A little history lesson for you, the last WI Captain that brought consistancy and success to the side was another "small islander" from Antigua called Vivian Richards. I suppose the likes of Viv, Andy Roberts, Richie Richardson and Curtly Ambrose are proven failures as well?

Posted by Silva-Surfa on (October 19, 2010, 12:49 GMT)

A bold move by the Selectors and despite my issues with the Board and some of the politics within our cricket structure, like a true, loyal supporter, i wish them all the luck in the world, they're gonna need it. Unlike some of the comments by biased, insular sellouts, who throw their dummy out the pram, when they don't get their own way. The way i see it Sammy and Nash will bring something that's been seriously lacking since the 90s, discipline, professionalism and effort. The biggest joke the majority are up in arms, about the changes but remind me again since we've been in the top half of the rankings?..this decline was not recent that's for sure. I'm not saying this is the solution and i have no doubt it will get worse before it gets better, but a complete overhaul was required due to our so-called superstar players putting mercanary-money before their pride of representing the Windies. Our cricket needed to go back to the drawing board, so let's see what a new era can bring.

Posted by Metman on (October 19, 2010, 11:33 GMT)

Sammy the new WI capt ,has just shown the most experienced capt.in WI cricket,the most talk about(in TT only),the most talkative,the most travelled,the most interviewed,the most" full of himself" capt , a person by the name of D.Ganga,and his poor to moderate bunch of underachieved and overrated cricketers what captaincy and team work is all about!Ganga ,your team has been sent PACKING for the second time in less than 6 months.How does it feel after your much publicize interview about the extensive preparations and so on and including the cross country runs ,that you all have to head back to TT?DO YOU PLAN TO DO THAT UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS in the still of night when everyone is asleep?@Dwayne Bravo,I am waiting to hear you say that TT is still the best ONE DAY team in the WI !@Aaron De Leon,Larcurso and the other Trinis who came out of the woodwork like termites when Pollard demolished an attack not up to Intl standards,would you now, be crawling back in?

Posted by   on (October 19, 2010, 9:27 GMT)

Why not just rename the WI team small islanders united, because that is all the board has been doing . giving incompetent no brainers like sammy an edge when they deserve none. WI will utterly fail under him. Sammy is not able to step up to real competition and has no experience as captain. The board has dropped the keeper not because of ability but because he was senior. Baugh cannot even hold his balls properly. Small islanders will and have and shall always fail

Posted by   on (October 19, 2010, 6:42 GMT)

is it a joke? sammy can't even play spin and how will he lead in lanka?

Posted by   on (October 19, 2010, 5:13 GMT)

Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle during practice ahead of the World Twenty20, Providence, April 27, 2010 A change of guard in West Indies cricket - Darren Sammy takes over from Chris Gayle © West Indies Cricket Board Enlarge Related Links Players/Officials: Dwayne Bravo | Chris Gayle | Brendan Nash | Andre Russell | Darren Sammy Series/Tournaments: West Indies tour of Sri Lanka Teams: West Indies

Chris Gayle has been axed as the West Indies captain and replaced by the allrounder Darren Sammy in a shake-up that has also resulted in Brendan Nash being handed the vice-captaincy. However, Gayle has kept his spot in the squad for the three-Test tour of Sri Lanka in November, despite turning down a central contract with the WICB last month.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2010, 4:49 GMT)

Greeting from Sri Lanka...Sammy hope you will rejuvenate the team and bring back great times, I was a windies fan from 6 years and for the past 28 years I have supported Windies for the spirit they had.....Chanders you you will show how cricket should be played to many young guys..its a pity that Marlon Samuels was not included...hope he gets back into form... Good Luck boys

Posted by Apache_Indian on (October 19, 2010, 4:30 GMT)

I still remember, when Greame Smith was given captaincy of SA team, he was very young and team was going through bad patch and see now where African team stands. Sammy can do the same, considering his players support him & play like a team. Sarwan should have been included in the team ! He is one of my favorite players.

Posted by Apache_Indian on (October 19, 2010, 4:21 GMT)

Where is Sarwan ? Is he injured or something ? Best of luck to Sammy ! Will be an interesting series.

Posted by Cyrus7260 on (October 19, 2010, 4:03 GMT)

I love this team. I agree with most bloggers that they should have given a whole new young team.It may not be best but my lineup will be : (1) AB Barath (2) LMP Simmons (3) Devon Smith (4)ADS Fletcher(5 )BP Nash(VCPT) (6)DJ Bravo (7)DJG Sammy(CPT)(8)C Baugh (wk) (9)GC Tonge (10) KAJ Roach (11)SJ Benn.... On top of my read.

I agree with all most on Sarwan. He is one of my favorite players but he gets injured a lot. Too much actually. Chanta is 36 years old we need to give his spot to a young future player to grow. Gayle is just not right for the team anymore his attitude needs fixing. I believe the team I quickly thought of would be a good team. W.I fans believe that a team has to be good if they have great batting names. I disagree. One of my favorite team would be 2003-2008 Sri Lanka. Even now I like their team. Sri Lanka was a team that had mainly 1 or 2 good batsmen. Yet they could make 183 in 50 overs and bowl out their opposition in 178 in 44 overs. Their a great bowling team.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2010, 3:11 GMT)

We would like to see the full strengthen West Indian team to be played here in Sri Lanka. Sarwan may be the best after lara in Tests . At least he should be there.

Posted by stefanbrasse on (October 19, 2010, 3:09 GMT)

DARREN SAMMY AS CAPTAIN: I strongly support Darren as captain. Although he may be inexperienced, he has demonstrated willingness and commitment in moving Windies cricket forward. His mental approach to the game now will be key as he plays an all-rounder also. BRENDAN NASH AS VICE-CAPTAIN [Tests]: Brendan's elevation to Test vice-captaincy is a very good move in my opinion, as it gives him an opportunity to further develop socially with his teammates. I think this role for him now will make him focus more on his batting so as to provide solid platforms on which he and Darren can work with. TEST SQUAD TO SRI LANKA: Great batting, No bowling. How will we measure up to the Jayawardena's, Sangakarra's, Dilshan's & Samaraweera's? Great to see Andre Russell in the squad. He's a very exciting all-rounder and I feel..if developed..could play a role like Ian Bradshaw did in his days. Also nice to see Devon Thomas in the squad. Chadwick Walton would've been a better pick for me.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2010, 2:18 GMT)

2011 worl cup.....India vs Ban. Kenya vs NZ ...Auss vs Zim. ...End. vs Neitherland.... and SL vs Canada looks like i will not be watching the first week of the world cup......come on ICC this is the world cup it needs to b more competitive....

Posted by cricket_for_all on (October 19, 2010, 2:04 GMT)

The world cricketing strength is in the downfall due to the baseball(T-20) intervention (I totally agree that players should earn money but now things are going out of our hands). Do you guys believe that these 3 WI players will reject their central contract if they are not link with baseball clubs? "Never they will not". Money is part of the game but this too much (Even India didn't produced quality pace bowlers after 3 years of IPL). No body wants to play for the country rather they like to play T-20 clubs. What the hell you need to play for T-20?. The batsman needs to play 2 or 3 overs and try to hit some sixes and bowlers just try to bowl 4 overs (If the E.Rate is below 8.0 it is more than enough). Do you guys think that we can produce good cricketers with this format. What will happen to India after Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, etc..(there are few guys but they are not comparable with these classics when they were in their young age)?. Same for SL as well. God save us from evil T-20!

Posted by svg27rivers on (October 19, 2010, 1:20 GMT)

You know I have to laugh when people say Trinidad and Guyana should go it on their own. Here we are Trinidad with all the big guns The Gangas, the Bravos, Pollard, Ramdin, Rampaul, Barath, Simmons and Mohammed for the second tournament in a row they can't even make it to the semi final and today let a bunch of young Sunday afternoon cricketers from the windwards embarrass them like that. I cant wait to see them against South Africa.

Posted by popahwheely on (October 19, 2010, 1:12 GMT)

Sammy is the best choice....but it might be a little early. I couldn't understand why he hasn't been in the playing 11 consistently. On the squad, let see how the keepers do in SL. They will need Sars back soon. Otherwise good choice my playing 11 is Gayle, Barath, Darren, Shiv, Dwayne, Nash, Baugh/Thomas, Sammy, Russell, Benn, Roach. They can put up a fight. Gayle, Bravo, Pollard they made their choice but if they want to play for WI let them, we need their talent. This is a step forward, loving the domestic competition.

Posted by svg27rivers on (October 19, 2010, 0:49 GMT)

For those who always like to put race into everything just look at the last tour of Australia there were five Indians in the second test and four in the other two. Everything is not about race. Ganga average after 48 test 26.71 Devon Smith after 31 test 24.81 don't see how Ganga is better than Smith. Truth be told they are under achievers. Maybe the selectors went with the Nation news paper which had a call in pole and the people of Barbados voted for Sammy with around seventy percent.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2010, 0:30 GMT)

Sammy as Captain is great for the future of WI...this boy has talent and i don't know y he is always out of the team...I hope Sarwan make it back for the 2011 world cup...bcoz who is better than him.

Posted by crabman144 on (October 18, 2010, 23:37 GMT)

Enough is enough!! Please, could someone explain to me why people keep saying that Darren Ganga should be captain of the West Indies team. Here are my thoughts why he shouldn't 1. He is not even on the team. 2. His performance at regional level is not worthy of mentioning. I really don't know too much about cricket but could someone help me out.

Posted by windies_no1foeva on (October 18, 2010, 23:24 GMT)

Westindies selection is shoddy, thr is no way devon smith shud be going 2 Sri lanks he cannot handle any type of spin bowling.... as to the non selection of Sarwan, total rubbish.. he had bin consistently , making runs for WI and he one of our best batters against spin; remember the last time sri lanka toured the WI.... hope the team does well bt d selection panel should bt sacked IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 22:30 GMT)

Congrats Sammy I know you will do well as Windies Captain. It was time to consider that revamp of the side. Windies needed that shake up. It was time to bring St. Lucia to the light... Looking for great things from this side.

Posted by Metman on (October 18, 2010, 22:27 GMT)

Sammy as captain YES! with Gayle and Bravo in the same team ,NO ! Sammy should have been given a team minus those two.Reason.....They are not going to give him their full support.A lot of play acting will be demontrated by those two on the field.Sammy should look out for that and put them on the bench at the FIRST opportunity.If you pick both Gayle and Bravo,then Gayle should have remained as captain,and Bravo vice.@larcurso,what nonsense are you saying about the naming of the team ,and the interview with Ganga and Croft ?People like you continue to live in your world of fantasy,believing that Ganga is some sort of a distant cousin to Mandrake who can do all sorts of MAGIC with the WI team.Look,Sammy just showed Ganga who is Boss in that match!Another cricket DUNCE,queried why a K.Pollard is not in the team,and that there are a lot of inconsistent players in the team!Pollard is not inconsistent I must agree!HE IS CONSISTENT, HE CONSISTENTLY FAILS FOR THE WI!

Posted by josepfh77 on (October 18, 2010, 20:40 GMT)

ravi sukhu.what do mean sammy cant hold is place.the selecters have being snubbing this guy many times.he actually as a better test bowling average than all the other westindian bowlers.this came against australia and england two of the best teams in the world .a 27.74 average.is bowling alone can get him into the westindies test team.

Posted by RickyRuns on (October 18, 2010, 20:30 GMT)

In the end of the day, I am in TOTAL agreement with Bravo, Gayle and Polland, which one of us who has a job, is not looking for an opportunity to earn more? How can we ever expect these men to be loyal to WI cricket when the WI public is never loyal to them. All I have ever heard from most Caribbean people about Gayle and Pollard is negative. Yet they earn lots of money from a public that appreciates them. " A prophet is not respected in his own home" we have seen that with the GREAT GREAT GREAT Brian Lara. In my opinion Gayle / Bravo / Pollard / Sarwan / Taylor / Edwards and even Ramdin are the best played in the WI. I will wait to see when Baugh or Thomas drops one of those distructive SL bats men early and they go on to score double even triple centuries. Sorry Sammy nothing to say about you, need to be able to make the side before you can boast about being captian.

Posted by stanlee on (October 18, 2010, 20:15 GMT)

Most posts skirt the issue.WiCB is dominated by Afro Caribbeans in nearly every position of importance-it follows that the selection of players,{and this is a decades old problem}, reflect this ugly reality.D Smith is resurrected yet again yet his average in both forms of the game is inferior to D Ganga:Baugh has a dismal international average and is not the keeper that Ramdin is:Bravo and Gayle can b contemptuous of the Board by refusing to sign contracts and yet be selected, whereas Sarwan perhaps West Indies best in form player currently, is insulted by non selection.And what of N Deonarine?The Caribbean media has much to answer for by not questioning bizarre selections but it is also Afro Caribbean dominated This is the ugly reality of West indies cricket one that has been in place for years.The solution?Trinidad and Guyana need to get out of this mess and perhaps form their own team.

Posted by Peligrosisimo3 on (October 18, 2010, 20:13 GMT)

Gayle had lost a clear notion of what a cricket captain is and should be. Poor fields, porr bowling changes, gets himself out, conservative captaincy, not using 2 reviews against AB in recent test matches and the list goes on and on. He had to be changed and whoever CANNOT do any worse that CG. I support Darren sammy, he hasnt been given a chance. On debut against England I think took about 6 or 7 wickets and then was dropped. Give him a chance and then judge. Stop this mindless insularity in WI cricket. Taylor, Edwards and some others have not been fit for AGES. Sarwan, Chanderpaul do not want the captaincy. Even G Smith was thrust into the captaincy after not having done much. Judge him based on his performances as captain, not anything else.

Posted by jermainewi on (October 18, 2010, 20:12 GMT)

Good luck to Sammy he is a committed cricketer and a good captain. He most likely won't be able to change West Indies fortunes but then again no did over last ten years. no place for Ramnaresh Sarwan in this team? Are you kidding me, Devon Smith is picked over Ramnaresh Sarwan, this mus be a joke or a ERROR. besides it time sarwan need to wake up and start playing some good cricket... Pollard,gayle and Bravo have respect for the caribbean or the WI FANS , its not allway about a pay CHECK WHERE IS YOUR PRIDE ??????????

Posted by tarmar on (October 18, 2010, 19:44 GMT)

Congratulations to Darren Sammy. It was about time Sammy was given the opportunity he deserves. So many person on the team have not been performing to their fullest potential like Sammy throughout the years yet still they've kept them. I hope now that he been given the captaincy he will continue to perform well. As captain he should also realize more is expected from him. I enjoy watching him play. Even when he's not chosen to play he still remains humble. As a fellow St. Lucian I am happy that Sammy has been given the captaincy of the West Indian team. We St. Lucians are very proud.

Posted by Clydal on (October 18, 2010, 19:35 GMT)

When people make the comment that Gayle is a formidable opponent, what do they mean??? As a captain or as a player (batsman)? The teams that are afraid of Gayle are only afraid of his destructive batting. He can destroy any bowling attack an almost any day - this is what they fear him for!!

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 19:06 GMT)

to send a team to sri lanka without taylor and sarwan sends a good message that the board is serioius about fitness and effort. i cant remember taylor ever finnishing a test series and that is very troubling. sarwan is indeed one of the better bats in the team but his fitness has definately become an issue. i am mystified by the selection of sammy as captain. the board for years has cultured a bad taste in the mouth for aging cricketers. i sure it is wasnt for the bad experiences of the likes of lara dujon haynes and others chanderpaul wouild have been willing to take the job. sammy is a cricketer who plays with heart but his place in the team is not even assured and nash cant play the shorter versions. baugh is a joke and i dont understand the bowling options. how are we going to bowl out teams? as for the one day aspect i dont understand how dwayne smith could be so completely forgotten. in my opinion he should have been given a developmental contract to help him work on his flaws

Posted by sagitrama on (October 18, 2010, 18:58 GMT)

Those who criticize Sammy's appointment as captain should jog their memories a little - stephen fleming, graeme smith, mike brearley, MS Dhoni were all doubted, criticized and even laughed at when they were made captains bcoz they were all young and inexperienced and not "regulars" but each one of then proved the critics wrong. Ideally I would have loved to see elder bravo get the captaincy, but the bloke does not sign the contract, some thing a captain needs to do to so that the board is confident he is available for the team at all times. Sammy, I agree is inexperienced but he has a very sharp cricketing brain and a hunger to prove himself. He may have not been outstanding in his previous performances, but he has not disappointed either. Sometimes risks are to be taken to get a side like WI out of the slump. Also there is abundance of raw talent in this team that needs to be carefully nourished- Barath, Russell, Bravos, Nash, Roach. I only wish Imran Khan from TT was selected too

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 18:40 GMT)

well, i hope they remember the West Indian test side from 1980-1994, the team that has the record for the longest test streak without losing a series, 29 series in a row!

the team should be held together to perform now.

Posted by TAJY on (October 18, 2010, 18:08 GMT)

Well Well, it says alot about a region's talent pool when we can't conjure up a decent second string team. People on here commenting about Sarwan's exclusion like its the end of the WI world. Sarwan lacks fitness, he's always injured, he can't stay on the field so how can you invest in him now? He's the best batsman we have in my opinion BUT he's injury prone, let's give him some time to prove he can be durable again. The previous comments are worrying. You mean West Indies can't find good talent beyond the bats of Gayle, Sarwan, and Chanders? You mean we can't find a decent wicketkeeper other than that bunny rabbit Ramdin? We can't find a player who could perform AND captain properly? If that's the case we deserve to lose. I'm tired of relying on these men all the time cuz its making them complacent. We need new talent to shine for WI. Other teams are not good because they have 4 competent batsmen, they are good because there are hordes of competent batsmen trying to make the team

Posted by svg27rivers on (October 18, 2010, 18:03 GMT)

Why are people blaming the board the selectors is the ones who recomend Sammy as captain. Personnally I think its the best move yet. We have one selector from Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica. Haynes have to know why he did not recomend Gayle not even Jamaica let him captain recently. Clyde Butt is the chairman of selectors that gave him two votes so if he did not pick Sarwan why blame the board he have to know. Sammy is the man like it or not what I know they cant do worst than the last five years. Good luck sammy. And again what have Ganga ever done for WI as captain he score nine runs in four innings.

Posted by Islandsman on (October 18, 2010, 17:23 GMT)

A case for Darren Sammy being captain was argued earlier in the year by a Barbadian commentator and it was also a few years ago this commentator w/ other Bajan cricket analysts he argued that Sammy was not being given enough opportunity to settle in ODI and especially Test cricket as had Bravo and Dwayne Smith. Bravo had success and bcus he wud be included in the team that left out Sammy. However, if you look at the way Sammy was given chances(number of opportunities & space between) to play and then quickly dropped and you look at Dwayne Smith's case, you are left to wonder if the selectors had something against Sammy. If you look at Sammy's stats they are decent for a guy who was not allowed to settle. His Test bowling average is 1 of the best of recent WI bowlers. In the 2010 ODIs vs SA he nearly took WI to victory more than once showing great perseverance but was not picked for the Test team. The 2009-2010 averages of Test/ODI/T20 showed he was all round 1 of the top team members.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 17:11 GMT)

I have been a great fan of west indies cricket for 25years and the standards shown for the last 5years is poor.we must understand one have the right to play for whom ever he pleased and we as caribbean people must respect their choices.Hower when playing for your country on a world stage you must put your best foot forward because you are been seen by the world, because little young cricketer are watching. I have great respect for chris but sammy will do good as a leader.For example when the senior member quit the bangladesh tour sammy stood tall fight the battle even dough we loss.This still why i am not ready to give up hope.Nash the ball is in your pen step up take charge.to gayle see this as chance to be the ball beater we once loved and all the other players just show your support. remember we are one people ,one nation rally around the west indies.

Posted by cricketdebator on (October 18, 2010, 16:32 GMT)

Hats off to the WI selectors for making what I consider their best decision in a very long time(getting rid of Gayle as captain). In fact, he should have been stripped of the captaincy after our last tour to England when as captain of the team, he arrived in England just a couple of days before the start of the first test, choosing instead to remain in South Africa to play League cricket. Congratulation to sammy. I believe this guy will do his best to restore pride to WI cricket (unlike Gayle), and my only dissappoinment is that the selectors did not drop all of the so- called incumbents, and give sammy a completely new team of young and enthusiatic players. We are not expected to win in Sri lanka, but at least we have sent a clear signal that we will not tolerate any more nonsence from those under achievers, who are only interested in money and do not have the interest of WI cricket at heart. The appointment of Sammy will prove one or two points in the future. Let us all wait and see

Posted by crabman144 on (October 18, 2010, 16:05 GMT)

Congrats to Darren Sammy and good luck to the WI team! I have one question though, what was the thought process of selecting 2 wicketkeepers and you leave home the top wicketkeeper of the region? Stats don't lie. I am happy for Baugh and Thomas.

Posted by cricket-vid on (October 18, 2010, 15:29 GMT)

Whilst the cricketing public and respective boards may wish to believe it - it is becoming abundantly clear that a growing number of players no longer see Test cricket as pinnacle of the game. It was the right thing for the game when Mr Packer introduced commercialism to the game, but hasn't this really gone too far?

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 15:05 GMT)

The once gr8 West Indies cricket is in disarray. We are now beginning to see the impact of mismanagement and incompetence that the WICB has been identified with over the past 15 years at least. As long as WI was winning and was on top of world cricket everyone wanted them to visit them and paid them handsomely. By not developing the next generation of talent (lost mainly to baseball, basketball), the WICB had forfeited its right to administer the players and the game. Striking a balance between immediate reward for the good players and investing in future is a huge challenge for all resource constrained administrations. The WICB has failed on many fronts: vision, strategy, man management to name a few.

While we cannot find fault with the players who want to make money by displaying talent, yet one feels if only the players show a bit more passion for their own country.

Down 5 years what will be the valuation that T20 team sponsors will assign to these players is a moot question.

Posted by RickyRuns on (October 18, 2010, 14:59 GMT)

Sammy as WI captain, this has to be a mistake, somebody is joking right?? Sammy cant even make the Test side. I am one who have been saying NO to Darren Ganga cause he could not make the side, but we might as well. No Sarwan and Taylor, again you kidding, they are amont the few world class playes we have in the WI. Ok im cool with no Ramdin, I still believe he is the best we have but he needs to get his act together, but Baugh?? Get real selectors, get real!! and then there is Devon Smith......... God help us, thank God Muli retire.........

Posted by Rs.gardi on (October 18, 2010, 14:58 GMT)

i think this is right decision because may be gayle not available for all series

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (October 18, 2010, 14:55 GMT)

Statements like " I will not be sad if Test Cricket dies" was enough to throw out Gayle. he is an attractive player while in full flow but his attitude is bad. On the field he does not look enthusiastic. We need enthusiastic Captains like Naseer Hussein of England, bubbling with energy and innovation who can turn team around.Wi need a captain who works and talks like an ambassador of the game . WI must employ a good coach from Australia,England and mould a group of youngsters into world beaters. Thats all. They have talent. Sarwan, Taylor, Roach,Nelson,Adrian can be a nucleus of outstanding team.Sammy although not outstanding as yet can be a match winner wit support.I have realized WI team is unable to gel properly to perform since last one and half decade.This should be turned around.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 14:34 GMT)

Congratulations Darren. I know that your heart will be in it. Prove the critics wrong

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 14:31 GMT)

I think this is good decision ya sammy as a captain because Gail was not doing well in past. But demotion from the central contract is not good for player and also for WICB. Board action is not good because of these type of action we loss Lara.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

How can you say that WI selectors are thinking like experts and that the best team is selected here, when your second best batsman (Sarwan) is not selected (Shiv being the best). I don't mind giving Sammy the captaincy, he is the best choice if you don't want to give Gayle. What I can't understand is picking persons who refuse your contract and not picking someone who is willing to play for you and is better that those who refuse your contract.

On the case that Sarwan is not fit and can't feild proper. Stats will prove that Sars is a safe catcher and to say he "can run a ball down," what about Gayle, from the time he runs a quick single (if he ever runs one, lots of time giving up extra runs) he holds his leg.

Clearly we can see the WI administrators are behaving like little children, have no professionalism, and are one of the main cause of WI down fall. Now you can refer to me as a former WI fan. I fed up of the stupidness.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 14:25 GMT)

Very good move. It is good to see the direction West Indies Cricket Board is going however Darren Sammy needs to prove that he can make the Test Side as a player and Brendan Nash as a player in the ODI Side.

Posted by portop on (October 18, 2010, 14:13 GMT)

Congratulations are due to Darren Sammy, a whole hearted, hard working cricketer. However, with him as captain, and Nash as Vice Captain the Selectors have placed the team in the position of having 3 definate Allrounders (Bravo being #1) and a possible a 4th Allrounder if Russel is considered to share the new ball with Roach. That means is that in order to include the wicket keeper one of the frontline bowlers will have to be left out. That means that either Benn or Shillingford may have to go in order to have two quick bowlers and four frontline batsmen before the 3 or4 Allrounders. If one looks at the best possible batting line up (see below) who do they leave out to include a keeper and not upset the balance of the bowling attack: 1. Gayle 2. Barath. 3. Darren Barvo. 4. Chanderpaul. 5. Dwayne Bravo 6. Nash 7. Sammy ..... or a Keeper. 8. Russell 9. Roach 10. Benn 11. Shillingford. (he may have to go).

For balance Sammy or Nash should go. Gayle as Captain.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 14:09 GMT)

exclusion of sarwan is hurting me... he should be in. he is one of members of FAB 3 of WI. Alongwith gayle and c'paul he can lift WI up still...

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 14:03 GMT)

Hey Guys , Looks like you either did not understand your cricket history or never read it. When the great Sir Clive Hubert lloyd took over as captain we were in a similar state. we were being whipped left right and center. The only difference was that we did not have such selfish and greedy persons wanting to play as we have seen now. It also happened when the boy from Panama became a Jamaican and although he was short lived created an impact. Please find out who it was? (history lesson) The appointment of Darren cannot come at a more timely moment. We need to rebuild, and we need to do so by initially getting rid of the greed which have plagued us over the last decade. We are now at our lowest and go go no lower. We will rise again. All I can request of you West Indians is not to embrace the destructive elements of selfishness and greed because they hail form out island. National and regional pride duely dictates that we must uphold the right principles

Posted by Robert2010 on (October 18, 2010, 13:44 GMT)

West Indies cricket is travelling two step backwards, zero step forward. This is the most ridiculous squad and captain chosen in modern history of WI cricket. Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dinesh Ramdin, Narsingh Deonarine, have all been omitted. Daren Ganga, the best captian the region has produced for decaded, continues to be ignored by the WI selectors and the board. Is there more politics involved here than anyone could imagine? Is this a tactic by the the selectors and board to alienate certain players that has shown promise to elevate West Indies cricket????

Posted by mrgupta on (October 18, 2010, 13:44 GMT)

This WI team still looks very young and inexperienced. With the way BD have performed against NZ they seem to have moved ahead of WI now. The current WI team is still suffering from lack of proper talent coming in. I dont know abt their financial condition but it looks like that their players dont get enough money to survive and thus they are attracted towards more lucrative offers. I know a player must first play for the country and then for anything else but you got to live your personal life as well and you need money for that. Anyways, i feel this team's gonna be beaten 3-0 in SL. SriLankans are too good at home and it will take something out of ordinary from WI to even test them in the series let alone beat them.

Posted by kemmisito on (October 18, 2010, 13:37 GMT)

It's really amazing how so many of us still think that Gayle is the best man to captain the side. If U are the head of a company and the supervisor of 1 of your stores decided not to sign your contract would you leave him in his current position? Ofcourse not; you would probably fire him. WICB has decided to be leinient by keeping Gayle in the team as he is our most feared batsman. I don't think it is at all unfair to take the captaincy away from him since his alleigance lies elsewhere. Sammy is a committed cricketer and a good captain. He most likely won't be able to change West Indies fortunes but then again no one in the past 15 years has been able to. I say give Sammy a chance because there really isn't anyone else. The decision to drop Sarwan & Taylor doesn't make much sense to me though. I think it's ok not to offer them contracts since you often end up paying them for sitting on the bench injured but if they are fit they should be picked because they are 2 of our best players.

Posted by Proteas123 on (October 18, 2010, 13:28 GMT)

Am holding thumbs for the WI to start to get their cricket back on track. We need a strong WI for test cricket to thrive. Don't know if Sammy is the best choice but he is gutsy and don't know of many better options, especially if they are not going with one of the older players like Sarwan.

Posted by AceB on (October 18, 2010, 13:23 GMT)

If People don't know anything about caribbean cricket ,they should simply wish the team well and keep their silly comments to themselves. Something needed to be done to let the players know that it can not be business as usual, for too long the WICB would just tiptoe around the problems . I, like many , have misgivings about the selection of this team; but it's a start . Sarwan is probably out of favour because the selectors decided to pick his replacement before the 1st test , instead of after . After this tour all will know if Mr Gayle and Bravo really want to play test cricket for WI . And dare I say we will find out that Sammy and Nash are better leaders than people give them credit for.

Posted by mittheimp on (October 18, 2010, 13:13 GMT)

For those agahst at certain players not being selected:- Pollard - hasnt played a FC game for almost 2 years, because he has been chasing $$$$. Taylor, Edwards - both been plagued by injuries and are not fit. Samuels - Since coming back from his ban has not scored many runs and is also still to play a FC game. Sarwan - more contentious but would seem he has an attitude problem and had recently deliberately ignored medical advice from the WICB despite being paid under their contract. Ramdin - although his WK is highly regarded his batting has gone downhill. On hearing he didn't get a contract this year his first reaction was to talk of new chances abroad of making money in meaningless cricket - rather than getting his place back.

Posted by NBRADEE on (October 18, 2010, 12:44 GMT)

Yaaaaaaawwwwwwnnnnnn - so, what else is new???

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 12:29 GMT)

who ever the captain....sri lanka is gonna win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so it wont make any difference .............. the question is will it be 3-0 or 2-0........................in test 5-0 or 4-1 in ODI's no pollard in t20's so no problem in that ...............if they manage to win the tour game that will make them happy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by jermainewi on (October 18, 2010, 12:29 GMT)

its time for change in the wi cricket but Sammy isnt the man for the job. nash a vc is ok .the best person for the job right now is samuels as capt...but congratulations to capt darren sammy ,i have confidence in him to develop into a worthy player.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 12:16 GMT)

Gayle was never captaincy material, and his record proves that. Money has always been an issue with the Windies cricket, and I certainly don't blame those who have opted out of a Central contract.

Bring Sharad Pawar into the board, in an advisory capacity, and his Midas Touch will do the rest.

Posted by smollineau on (October 18, 2010, 11:51 GMT)

I tend to agree with sonofchennai base on the fact that players play so much cricket and suffer as injuries their career don't allow for longevity so I support their justifiable cause to accept lucrative contracts over national duties. People we are not living in the 70's and 80's anymore Cricket is more than a Sport today it is a BIG MONEY Business and the West Indies Cricket Board need treat it as such, Dyane Bravo had to foot a recovery bill out of pocket to expedite his recovery so he can continue with his career, Do we know how much the WICB and WIPA Executives make yearly. How long do you think the likes of young gifted players like Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo will stick around when they hit 25 and realize man I don't have much years left and start planning their financial future they will go where the money is. The West Indies Selectors keep leaving out a very exciting and determine young man L Simmons for undisclosed reasons there are players who had more chance and failed.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 11:25 GMT)

Darren Sammy is by far the most committed and passionate cricketer in the west Indies and will inspire the side to good performances. Carlton Baugh has been the most prolific w/keeper batsman in the region for the past few seasons. Just check his averages for jamaica somebody. His problem was that he always bats when the team needs quick runs and have to sacrifice his wicket..and then gets dropped or chastised as a result. I hope he does a Chanderpaul this time....play for himself...people who know Baugh"s talent KNOWS that he can bat more than marlon or even sarwan...no joke!

Posted by lankan_style on (October 18, 2010, 11:07 GMT)

It did not take one day to build Rome. Give time and Sammy will suceed. Well remember how Sammy tried to win the T-20 against South Africa and he never gave up? Thats the character a captain should have. He had his countrie's pride running in his veins and thats exactly what we need from a captain, not a guy who has a price tag on his forehead

Posted by Clydal on (October 18, 2010, 10:43 GMT)

Those who say that Sammy can't hold his place on the West Indies team are talking rubbish. You can see that even when Sammy has performed incredibly well, the selectors have overlooked him. He is a young man with a passion for the game - something that most of our current players don't have. He has also shown that that he has what it takes to lead out this team. He has done it a few times and successfully as well. The only thing that Gayle can do better than Sammy as a captain is to continue losing. I love Gayle as a cricketer and I liked him as a captain but he is not delivering the goods. We need another supplier. Sammy will not work magic with the team, but there is only one way to see what he is worth - give him a chance. One thing I assure you though, you will see some better field placements with Sammy as captain. As for Sarwan, this joker needs to step up his game. He has been promising for too long and he is not delivering.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 10:38 GMT)

a swiper as captain of W.I should make for some interesting skippers knocks.

Posted by pontingkhan on (October 18, 2010, 10:28 GMT)

@googletalk I totally agree with ya mate. Chris gayle will be better batsman without the responsiblity of a captain. they have the potential of being a great team if they start taking their cricekt seriously like the WICB seem to be.

Posted by Tigg on (October 18, 2010, 10:12 GMT)

Should have gone to Nash. He's one of the few who never seems to give up the fight, and a regular in the side.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 9:57 GMT)

sri lanka at home will hammer the west indies who have not enough proven players, especially in the top order batting and seam bowling, i think benn should have a good series but predict 3-0 test series to sri lanka and 4-1 in the ODI's. Some of the top Windies players seem to have the same outlook as our english football team, out for themselves and only interested in their pockets, its such a shame to a country where cricket is the no1 sport, they should be ashamed

Posted by sanzo5 on (October 18, 2010, 9:39 GMT)

they can take a chance by giving the captaincy to marlon samuels.....

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 9:20 GMT)

Darren Sammy as captain?! Whats this?? And whatever happened to that wunderkind Adrian Barath?!

Posted by Beertjie on (October 18, 2010, 9:17 GMT)

Her's my alternative squad: Samuels (capt - wins the toss every time), Sarwan (vice-capt - perennial in this position), Richards, Fuddadin, Simmons, Deonarine, Bernard, Hinds, Ramdin, Bishoo, Miller, Tonge Taylor, Baker , Edwards (if fit).

Posted by ARJa on (October 18, 2010, 9:14 GMT)

It was about time the WICB removed Gayle as captained. Being captain is not just about tallent or past performance. You should be someone who is willing to play for the side, and Gayle really is not. If Bravo and Pollard also want to give priority to T20 cricket in foreign lands, send them packing. World class or not Sarwan gets injured too oftern. The only thing he can offer is batting because these days his fielding is below average. He is a safe catcher, but his speed across the ground and running between the wickets is atrotious. Deonarine is worst. He doesn't have the mental strength to be a international batsman, and he has to be one of the worst fielders in the world. West Indies will loose in Sri Lanka, because changing captains want make the world's worst team into the world's best overnight. But having Sammy who atleast treasures representing the windies will be a good start to a revival process that would take atleast another 15-20 yrs. Last 15 yrs was just going downhill.

Posted by Dashgar on (October 18, 2010, 9:13 GMT)

I don't know why people are so upset by this. Gayle couldn't stay captain, he was leading his team into the ground. Sarwan should maybe be in the squad but in the end he's been in terrible form over the last year. Sammy should have been in the team all year but had a couple of injuries which held him back. He's definitely in their best 11. As for talk about guys like Edwards, Taylor, Samuels etc these guys haven't played any first class cricket for nearly a year in Taylors case and over 2 years for the other two. Devon Smith has done well for WI A and has earned his place. They've bought in two new keepers to replace Ramden which they needed to do. This is the best team they could have assembled. They clear thinking experts would agree, those driven only by emotion and conspiracy theorys may not.

Posted by mits6 on (October 18, 2010, 8:36 GMT)

West Indian souls of 70s & 80s would have never thought (even in dreams) of such a pathetic condition of cricket in carribean. i can only pray with them for something good to happen..........

Posted by Hendersun on (October 18, 2010, 8:35 GMT)

Congratulations to Darren Sammy, the first St Lucian to captain a West Indies test team. I have every confidence in his ability to develop a worthy unit as he works to assist in restoring West Indies cricket to the high standards set in former glory days. I wish him every success in this regard. For starters, though, the team to support Sammy and his vice-captain, Brendan Nash, on the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka ought to omit dodgy performers who have proven that they are just not able to handle the rigors of test match cricket and show no obvious potential to get better at that level, notwithstanding some favorable performances in other less taxing forms of the game. So, characters like Devon Smith and Carlton Baugh ought really to join Travis Dowling and Narsingh Deonarine on the sidelines. Certainly, West Indies cricket must have two more deserving choices than Smith and Baugh and the selectors must know this, too, despite not displaying that they do.

Posted by PaddyRasta on (October 18, 2010, 8:12 GMT)

Everyone read the FACTS "Posted by cricman007 on (October 18 2010, 03:14 AM GMT)" Sammy has been underated for too long. Give the man a chance. He has only been allowed to play 8 tests and has been dropped when he performed well whilst others have been given much longer and failed. The selectors have finally woken up! Frankly, this team could do no worse than recent previous teams. Go Sammy!

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 8:05 GMT)

Cricket is heading the wrong direction since the invation of T20. Players are chasing money: Chris Gayle wouldn't want to be central contracted and be always available for his country because he doesn't want to miss ipl and the big money. This is ridiculous!

Posted by sonofchennai on (October 18, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

Why don the ICC look into the pay structure if tht is what causign all the issues iN WI...it really pains to see top 2 cricketing nations WI and Pak having issues with players all d time....it is absolutely jusitifed when gayle or his colleagus prefer some lucrative t20 contracts over the national duites...Sport is such a frickle domain wher you have to ensure that u make enough money to sustain ur life after u retire..u never know when u wud be thrown out of...the board is such a failed org in WI

Posted by Hagemaru_Hageda on (October 18, 2010, 7:43 GMT)

Now that defectively armed chucker from SL have retired, if WI batsmen play will they can draw the test series.

Posted by cheeku75 on (October 18, 2010, 7:43 GMT)

What happened to Pollard? Why is he not in the squad?

Posted by tommyhawk on (October 18, 2010, 7:43 GMT)

I applaud the WICB for the courage in appointing Sammy as captain. Could you imagine how the players who signed contracts would feel if Gayle continued as captain? They would obviously think that there was no need to sign the contracts at all and still be rewarded! I'm disappointed, though, that Gayle and Bravo were selected. I hope that they are dropped from the team straight away if they start to perform poorly, give Sammy any trouble or fail to give 100% support.

Posted by zshamsi on (October 18, 2010, 7:10 GMT)

Good opportunity for Bangladesh to qualify for the WC quarter finals as the fourth or even the third team from Group B :)

Posted by cricket_for_all on (October 18, 2010, 7:02 GMT)

@demosuna: We don't need to come #1 OR #2 spot in the paper by winning weaker west Indies team (Even though They are very good team if there is no problem). I would like to see strong WI to come SL and play good cricket. Please WICB resolve the problem and send us a good team.

Posted by roscoSAinAUS on (October 18, 2010, 6:31 GMT)

here's an hypothetical. what is worse? deliberately bowling no-balls on demand when a series is already lost OR deliberately picking a weaker side to lose a series before it has even begun. while i wouldn't dare suggest the WICB are clever enough to engineer such a plot, surely the ramifications are just as bad. gayle n bravo seem to be interested in the cash so i guess a leadership change was inevitable, but how does one justify picking a captain who cant even make their best XI or omiting key players in favour of those that clearly arent up to international standards. and why are they so opposed to involving the likes of viv, etc. in rebuilding the team?

Posted by decaby on (October 18, 2010, 6:28 GMT)

i once followed WI cricket with passion watching every game... i will speak for myself when i say i am taking a break from WI cricket... congrats to D Sammy... i will lead a public condemation of WICB.... WI is now lower than Paki cricket with those dictators in charge... RIP WI CRICKT

Posted by uguhkl on (October 18, 2010, 6:22 GMT)


Posted by indianzen on (October 18, 2010, 6:05 GMT)

As per my opinion, its not a good decision... WI following PAK ?

Posted by UltimateCricExpert on (October 18, 2010, 5:53 GMT)

It seems WICB is inspired by PCB

Posted by larcurso on (October 18, 2010, 5:49 GMT)

All the outspoken, talented cricketers whom are members of WIPA will pay for not doing the bidding of the present incompetent WICB. The so-called administrators who are employees of the cricket loving WI public have just installed a stooge as the new captain because they are of the opinion that they can pull his strings. The WICB has even gone so far as to appoint the team for Sri Lanka just after Ganga's interview with Colin Croft and just befor T&T play the Windward Islands. This is the game which should show the difference in the capability and maturity of the respective captains. Resurrecting Baugh and Smith how can that improve WI cricket. It is time that the general public let this board where to get off. Our hard-earned cash pays them. If they wanted to make a difference then install Nash as the captain.


Posted by Mindhunter84 on (October 18, 2010, 5:47 GMT)

It is a poor decision to make Sammy as the captain. Sammy has struggled to keep his position in the test side and now he is the captain!!! Infact the team selection is poor as well. Where are the other important players like Sarwan, Samuels, Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor etc. My 15 men WI team would be: C. Gayle, L. Simmons, M. Samuels, R. Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, Suleiman Benn, Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor, Sammy, Kemar Roach, Brendan Nash, Shane Shillingford.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 5:46 GMT)

Why doesnt WICB have this vendetta against the rest of nations?? We dont want to see a grade z level of cricket being dished out. Its time someone put a stop to this nonsense.

Posted by Ooops on (October 18, 2010, 5:42 GMT)

First Mishah from PAK and now Sammy From WI I thinl Aussie will follow same after the tour of India. Now the trent is from Nowhere to Captain

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 5:32 GMT)

What has happened to west indies cricket?thy r going in a furthr mess by removing thier key players

Posted by noorialiasgar52 on (October 18, 2010, 5:31 GMT)

i dont no how to react on such a partial selection!!!!! sarvan, taylor, ramdin are best in form players but are kept aside for some strange reasons....may god save WI cricket!!

Posted by demosuna on (October 18, 2010, 5:27 GMT)

Great chance for SL to be No. 2 team in world cricket in bothe Tests and ODIs...because everyone of us alreay know that they would win the Test series 3-0 & ODI series 5-0.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 5:26 GMT)

Everyone is condemning the decision but I think it's the right one. Gayle was a pathetic captain.

Posted by demosuna on (October 18, 2010, 5:22 GMT)

What a pathetic state WEST INDIES has plunged into now! The once famous WEST INDIES cricket team is surely heading downwards and it's time former greats address this issue and shore up WEST INDIES cricket again! How on earth can DARREN SAMMY who is just 8 Tests / 43 ODIs old be made Captain of a full-fledged regular WEST INDIES cricket team??? Height of Insanity and Politics!!!

Posted by googletalk on (October 18, 2010, 5:21 GMT)

As much as I like Gayle's batting, he never showed his respect playing for WI. He was reluctant as a captain, far from proactive. He should have been removed from captaincy long ago. So it was a correct decision, I am not so sure whether appointing sammy is a correct one though. Well wishing for WI team. World cricket needs strong and dominant West Indies team.

Posted by Amjad_Bukhari on (October 18, 2010, 5:09 GMT)

Well every one is asking WHY Gayle removed? But look at the situation, Captain of the team has refused to accept Central Contract which demands the availability throughout the year to the WI team. Instead he prefered IPL or Big Bash and if any of West Indian Series clash with IPL, Bigbash or CLT20, so Gayle will go there instead of playing for WI (bcz he has not signed the central contract). So what the WICB will do. Search for a part time Captain? It is not fair, you play IPL or Bigbash instead of playing for nation. So u dont deserve to b Captain. May b Chanderpaul was a better option. Look at Australian team, they r thinking of not playing IPL or CLT20 bcz they have to paid the price in Mohali test where Bollinger was unfit (bcz just arrived 2 days before test after playing CLT20 in SA) in the second innings of India and they took a lost match that was under complete control of Aussies. So country is FIRST.

Posted by abyrao on (October 18, 2010, 5:06 GMT)

Is it a joke or something? A guy who is not certain to be in the playing 11 gets the captainship. Its a mess. And whats that worthless Devon Smith doing there.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 5:00 GMT)

Gale has 3 wins in 20 tests, how worst can Sammy do? WI was not going to beat anyone with Gale and the other "superstars", so might as well try to build from scratch. Gale, Sarwan and Bravo obviously are too big for WI cricket theses days, only a pitty that they can't relate to winnings. Except for sparodic "flash in the pan" innings by these guys, what have they really done for WI cricket. Winning is the only result....WI has no clue about that. Maybe in 3 years Sammy will be a winner...we have being waiting for 16 years, another 3 won't hurt any worst.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 4:48 GMT)

I Love to see Sammy on the field the way how he gee up the players something i don't see from Gayle....Gayle to me was too laid back.. A little freshness in the team is good for a change.I wish Sammy well in his big assignment and hope all the players cooperate with him.To the West Indies team play positive cricket

Posted by Rebel-D on (October 18, 2010, 4:45 GMT)

This is a ridiculous decision although the writing was on the wall. Sammy is not qualified to lead the team. In my estimation, he can't make the 1st 15 on a regular basis. How can a guy who cannot perform at the highest level motivate a young team to perform at that level?

Posted by Naru-12 on (October 18, 2010, 4:34 GMT)

It's very sad to see West Indies team in this shape. Ofcos it is very true that West Indies players get less money compared to cricketers in India / Australia /England, the spirit is lost. There have been times when West Indies were asked to come to Australia and England, just bcos that they play and it was going to be a full house.

Now that every player is rejecting their contracts and captains keep changing, which is not a very good sign. in 70/80/90 we can count the West Indies captain, when they were ruling the world cricket.

Let's hope WI cricket will revive and come back strong. All the best to Darren Sammy.

Posted by Hammad-Hasan on (October 18, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

I guess WI and PCB has some kinda contract between them.Last week PCB make Misbah the captain of Pakistan team who even not deserve to be in the side and now WI did the same by making Sammy as captain.Thats why these two teams are at the botton half in ICC rankings.May be in the next meeting ICC give warning to WICB as well.

Posted by musab789 on (October 18, 2010, 4:19 GMT)

Are you serious!!!!.....Sammy? I think this is the most stupidest thing WICB has ever done. Whats wrong with Gayle being captain, who cares if he doesn't want to sign the contract.....more money for WI to save. How the hell are gonna drop Sarwan from the team.....he is the number 2 best batsman in the team. What are these selectors thinking??? I know what will happen next....Sammy will fail or will get injured and then Devon Smith will be captain!

Posted by Viper2.0 on (October 18, 2010, 4:18 GMT)

IPL should not allow players to play in its league for those who turned down their national contracts just for the sake of earning some quick money.People like Kieron Pollard who has a batting average of less than 20 in ODI cricket should consider himself lucky playing for his national side.Chris Gayle should be ashamed of himself,him being the captain of the team should have lead by an example to other team mates.There was a similar situation in Sri Lanka when the then captain Mahela had an ugly spat with the board regarding IPL,but thankfully it didn't become as serious as this.If the same thing had happened here in India,the BCCI would have made sure that the person would be kicked out of the cricketing fraternity.A simple solution to this problem is all the cricketing boards around should take a decision by not allowing players who turned down their central contracts to play in their respective T20 league.Be it the IPL,Big Bash or the Champions League!

Posted by RasBweego on (October 18, 2010, 4:17 GMT)

Like my 3yr old would say to me "daddy!!! sometimes, change could be a good thing" ..unquote!!! it's a wake up call.

keep de faith sammy....you deserve it.

Posted by Silverstar on (October 18, 2010, 4:15 GMT)

no sarwan????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ahh hahahahahahah happy all fools day to u too WICB... i see u started making jokes early. a guy that cant make the team captaining it? lol funny.

Posted by theswami on (October 18, 2010, 4:11 GMT)

Coe on, Deonaraine deserves a place in the team. Sammy has been good lately but handing him the captaincy is premature ...

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 4:08 GMT)

This is certainly a reach by the selectors, hope works out for the sake of WI cricket. But I have to add that the captain should be able to make the team based on performance not simply leadership.

Posted by WI_anaylst on (October 18, 2010, 4:07 GMT)

you guys cant be west indian supporters if you are talking like this. It is about time that the WICB took a stand with these players and tried to instill discipline in the team. Sarwan was dropped because he lacked discipline.. Gayle nor Bravo didnt want to sign the central contracts. So what exactly is the board supposed to do? Keep players in leadership positions who obviously place playing T20 cricket in India above wearing the badge of WI?? Give me a break. I am backing the board 100% on this

Posted by Copernicus on (October 18, 2010, 3:56 GMT)

Er, what? Sammy can barely make the team as a player! If they wanted to pick a specialist captain, surely Darren Ganga would be a better option? And as for dropping Sarwan - well, talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Wnen one of the few truly world-class players in the Caribbean is left out of such a weak side you've really got to wonder....

Posted by TAJY on (October 18, 2010, 3:49 GMT)

While I agree with the previous comments that under normal circumstances Sammy should not be made captain. HOWEVER, these are not normal circumstances, Gayle has not committed to West Indies cricket. Neither has Dwayne Bravo. The next in line (Sarwan & Ramdin) have been dropped for poor fitness and poor form. Chanderpaul is done with captaining. You can't choose a player to be captain if he has not signed on to be there at all times, that's what contracts are for, so that the players can't embarrass the board and abandon them. MAYBE I could understand Pollard not signing but Bravo and Gayle let me down. SOMEBODY had to take the job, and since Sammy captains his regional outfit he is most fitting to get the job. Its unfortunate, but the appointment makes sense

Posted by howizzat on (October 18, 2010, 3:48 GMT)

WI should have handed over the test captaincy to Ramnaresh Sarwan. Adrian Bareth could have been his deputy. The WICB is correct in strippping both Gayle and Bravo for their refusal to central contracts. I am not understanding how the other Bravo found a place in the test team.

Posted by japper on (October 18, 2010, 3:46 GMT)

Sarwan, a batsman who averages over 40 in both forms of the game is replaced by Devon Smith who has a averages in early 20's. What a selection. The dooms day for westindies cricket is not far away.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (October 18, 2010, 3:44 GMT)

Chris Gayle didn't sign a contract, so how can he expect to retain his captaincy? Others, like Sarwan, also didn't sign it, which is why they weren't included. It would be the same situation anywhere.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 3:43 GMT)

This is a very sad day for West Indies cricket Two wicketkeepers to replace one The biggest name in cricket today, Kieron Pollard, omitted from the team Many inconsistent players included The current WICB will be "credited" for the demise of West Indies cricket

Posted by chandau on (October 18, 2010, 3:37 GMT)

The last time i saw WI in Sl was when Lara led the team and he made a ton of runs. I still remember when Lara in an ODI ran on to Marvan and lay on th epitch at Kandy. That team was said to be weak and no match for Sri Lanka. Now this team led by Sammy is coming and i Dont want to see what happens because it is a foregone conclusion even without Murali. What happened to the old theory that you pick the best XI and then name the captain ?? Spite of egoistic men will only ruin the legacy of WI cricket. Wont be surprised if replacements are called after the 1st match :) This should be preparation for WC 2011 - not a time for wholesale changes. Anyway SL must be licking their lips with only Gayle & Bravo the worldclass players to contend with.

Posted by bugu on (October 18, 2010, 3:36 GMT)

This is the best decision the w.i.c.b have ever made, gayle and bravo want too play for big money,lets not forget the pride too be a w.i player,Sammy have prove himself and has a passion for playing for w.i. he will do a good job,let support him.

Posted by 9ST9 on (October 18, 2010, 3:32 GMT)

Beggars can't be choosers. WI lacks depth the board has to compromise with players like Gayle Sarwan Bravo etc who are the only ones who can propel WI forward.

Posted by japper on (October 18, 2010, 3:29 GMT)

What a dreadful team....3-0 whitewash is certain

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 3:21 GMT)

appointing new players is not bad as gayle and others should hav respect towards their country instead they r willing 2 play others prior 2 country internationals its a shame, the oppurtunities they got are by the fame they got. the fame came by playin for wi they should not forget that, but no sarwan na na na, he should b there in 11 2 make battin strong, sarwan chanderpaul gayle bravo barath in batting line up makes much difference

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 3:19 GMT)

Sanga will have windies for breakfast lunch and dinner, poor sammy he is going to get a rude awakening

Posted by Mr_758 on (October 18, 2010, 3:18 GMT)

In all honesty the senior players are either unreliable (gayle) (bravo) or unwilling (chanderpaul) when it comes to being captain. The idea of Sammy being captain may not seem like the best choice, but from the selectors point of view it may have been the only choice. I'm still surprised at the fact that Ganga continues to be ignored, and the lack of a premiere fast bowler in this squad. For arguments sake though Sammy usually comes in when the match has already been decided, so theres little to be done when it comes to batting, he is usually the most economical bowler on the side though he usually fails to pick up more than 2 wickets per innings. The past 2 captains won less than two 5 tests combined so i don't see Sammy doing any worse, so the least we as hopeless west indian fans can do is see how things go...

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 3:15 GMT)

The WICB has made a very bold decision in appointing Darren Sammy as captain. Sometimes such moves pay off, other times such moves can be disasterous. This will be Sammy's biggest challenge in his cricketing career so far and it may possibly bring out the best in him. It will be interesting to see the final eleven for the first Test. Dwayne Bravo has always been the first choice all-rounder and rightly so, but now Sammy is a certainty over Bravo. My advice to Sammy is to go out there with a very positive mind (have no worries) and perform as best as he can. One can only pray that he does well in his new role.

Posted by cricman007 on (October 18, 2010, 3:14 GMT)

Sammy is the perfect man for the job. It is amusing to hear people say that Sammy and Bravo cannot play in the same team when the only time west indies did well in South Africa and Australia was when they both played. Inthe first test in South Africa Sammy was run out for 39 after he, Samuels and Chanderpaul took the game away from South Africa. West Indies won and Sammy was dropped for the rest of the series. They lost all their other matches. In Australia, after they were mauled in the first test, they brought in Sammy for the second test. He made 41 and took two key wickets in 18 overs.West Indies drew the test and then they dropped him for the third test. Again they lost the test. Sammy brings total commitment to the team and as captain, he will inspire the young players. The older ones had better get their act togethe. No man is bigger than the game. Best of luck Samnmy!

Posted by roscoSAinAUS on (October 18, 2010, 3:12 GMT)

1. gayle 2. barath 3. sarwan 4. chanderpaul 5.nash 6.dwayne bravo 7.(anyone other than ramdin while he gets his game back together) 8.shillingford 9.benn 10.taylor/pascal 11.roach

woops, if i left out sammy it was an honest mistake. could even flirt with pollard/darren bravo finding their way in there but a grinder like nash is probably more suited to their needs at this stage. big fan of roach and barath, hope the windies can nurture these guys properly.

Posted by PaddyRasta on (October 18, 2010, 3:07 GMT)

Everyone's calling for change and then when WICB take a bold move; it cannot be the right one? Great move WICB. Gayle has had his chance and stability is needed by having a captain and vc who will be there at all times, barring serious injury. Sammy is not a batsman but an allrounder who is a better bowler than batsman and coincidentally has better figures at test level than most of the bowlers. He has not been picked consistently in the past because for some reason Rampaul was given the nod ahead of him. Gayle is still in the team but should have been replaced a long time ago as captain. Not sure about Sarwan vs Devon Smith but it is unlikely that Sarwan will last through the series - he really needs to prove his fitness to WICB first and DS has shown more recent form.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 3:05 GMT)

Im sorry but I would have preferred if they made Brendan Nash Captain and put Chanderpaul as Vice-Captain (As he didn't like being FULL captain as much) .... I agree a change from Chris Gayle was needed but Darren Sammy is just NOT the answer. Do like that Devon Smith gets a chance though he has been making plenty runs lately, finally DROPPED Ramdin for his failings, so some good signs.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 3:04 GMT)

While it seems odd that the WICB would pick someone with 8 test matches worth of experience as captain. We must confess that the usual strategies have not been working for West Indies cricket. This choice is at least consistent with the contractual arrangements established thus far, save perhaps Chanderpaul. Under the circumstances a difficult decision. We all hope he can rise to the occasion.

Posted by Windies84 on (October 18, 2010, 2:57 GMT)

I think this is actually a good thing. Sammy is a dedicated player and Nash is a disciplined one. This is actually going to be better for the psyche of the entire team. Doesn't matter if Sammy was in and off the team before, he has worked his way onto the team and into this position. The ones who had it easy getting on the team have obviously never inspired their fellow players or even taken the team to any sort of heights. By no means am i ever goin to support the incompetence of the Windies board as even this decision has some sort of back door politics, but I like Sammy, he's proven to be a talented lover of the sport and I have confidence he'll do his country and the Windies proud. As for the team itself, I would have rather placed some others in there, but hey it's the Windies we're talking about and you find yourself having to laugh at a lot of the decisions.

Posted by roscoSAinAUS on (October 18, 2010, 2:57 GMT)

the WICB should become script writers for the bold and the beautiful. This is gold as far as trashy storylines go. so here are the steps to chosing a test side who are already at an alltime low. 1. leave out 1 of your top 3 test bastmen, who's proven himself in all conditions n probably the only man suitable for the no. 3 slot (sarwan) 2. install a captain who might not even make the final XI (sammy) 3. pick several players who have been trialed before and failed horribly (baugh, smith) 4. dont look after your assets esp the players 5.if you've reached this step and there's some hope of winning the test, repeat steps 1 through 4 again. i know pollard hasn't established himself in the longest format but surely his talent could find its way into a team like this, esp given hes handy with the ball. Better bowler than sammy anyway. Lendl has obviously done something very wrong too. And whats happened to the duo of taylor n edwards? still injured or just injury prone? Marlon to the rescue?

Posted by Windies84 on (October 18, 2010, 2:57 GMT)

I think this is actually a good thing. Sammy is a dedicated player and Nash is a disciplined one. This is actually going to be better for the psyche of the entire team. Doesn't matter if Sammy was in and off the team before, he has worked his way onto the team and into this position. The ones who had it easy getting on the team have obviously never inspired their fellow players or even taken the team to any sort of heights. By no means am i ever goin to support the incompetence of the Windies board as even this decision has some sort of back door politics, but I like Sammy, he's proven to be a talented lover of the sport and I have confidence he'll do his country and the Windies proud. As for the team itself, I would have rather placed some others in there, but hey it's the Windies we're talking about and you find yourself having to laugh at a lot of the decisions.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:51 GMT)

With senior players running after money, how many years and how much experimentation will it take for the West Indies to regain their old form.

Posted by seefirst on (October 18, 2010, 2:51 GMT)

At last ! The selectors have got it right. A change in attitudes and performance must come about after this assertive action. Just you wait and see. I am certain in a few months time we will be looking back and saying why didn't the selectors make that move all those years. West Indian insularity had to end.

Ram Singh, Vin Setty, Rav Suhku , Aa de Leon and kingstonfinest stop your none sense. Try to justfy why we should persist with greedy money seekers and stay at the bottom of world cricket. Have a heart for West Indies cricket . We shall rise again.

Why we did not listen to to Sir Frank Worrel?. Viv Richards , Andy Robert , Ian Allen , Richi Richardson, Ken And Elden Benjamin, Winston Davis inspired us and so too Sammy will inspire the whole Caribbean . We will rise again.

Posted by Kushh on (October 18, 2010, 2:48 GMT)

sm1 tell me where is pollard?????

Posted by Savant on (October 18, 2010, 2:48 GMT)

WICB and PCB are going in the same road, what the hell ICC is doing. Someone needs to be save these two great cricketing nations. Every day we are reading drama and nonsense about PCB, which is not enough now, WICB. We all love cricket; if cricket needs to be survived ICC needs to take some strong decisions however I don't think they have capability.

Posted by chunnie on (October 18, 2010, 2:46 GMT)

1. I am actually happy that Sammy has been made captain because that means he will definitely be in the starting 11. He deserves to be in the team, captain or not.

2. Last year amid all the calls for Ganga to be made WI captain, the reason given by the WICB for not doing so was that he couldn't consistently make the team... so how is Sammy's case different from Ganga's (apart from Ganga being a much better prospect for captain).

2. I don't know if Sarwan is still injured, but if he isn't then there is no darn good reason for choosing Devon Smith over him. I don't need to defend that statement... everyone in the WI knows it's true (apart from the WICB it seems).

4. Is it just me or does the list of bowling options seem bland?

5. I know that Ramdin has played poorly and some may say he deserved to be dropped... but someone please tell me... why CARLTON BAUGH??? Baugh has proven time and time again that he is far worse than Ramdin. I sincerely hope Thomas plays instead of him

Posted by raghu86 on (October 18, 2010, 2:43 GMT)

And if not sarwan, i think nash would have been a better choice as captain. He is their best batsman after the big three, and performed really well for 'a' side in one-day matches too. For people saying gayle should have continued to lead, well if he is ready to ditch west indies for money, then dropping him as captain was the least the board could do.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:42 GMT)

Why isn't Ramnaresh Sarwan in that team this is absoutely rubbish , Sarwan is a world class player and deserve to be in that team and also they should have taken a look at that young leg spinner from Guyana Bishoo. I think he's a bright prospect for West Indies cricket in the bowling department and its high time for him to get his chance in the team...Well the way West Indies cricket is running there seems no room for improvement itz getting no where and thats sad to say.....

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:42 GMT)

What is the WICB doing??? Ramnaresh Sarwan has the second highest test average in the current WI team and he was eliminated because he was injured earlier this year. Wasn't Adrian Barath injured for several months also? but yet he was able to secure a contract...that is ridiculous!! As governing body of WI cricket, it is the WICB responsibility to provide all cricketers with a fitness program. And if that individual doesn't follow that program, fine them, not deplete an already week WI team, beside it is sports athletes do get injured from time to time. As for Daren Sammy being named captain, I think it is time for a change from CG captaincy...I support Sammy and WI 100% but I think the WI will slide further down the ICC ranking under the current management...WICB need a shake-up.

Posted by Hagemaru_Hageda on (October 18, 2010, 2:38 GMT)

Wow, they seem to be impressed by Pakistani way of changing captains.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:38 GMT)

I wish Darren Sammy and the guys all the best in their upcoming series.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:35 GMT)

I think this will work . Even when MSD was appointed as captain of Indian Cricket Team many were skeptical about his leadership skills but now he is one of the best captains India has ever seen.So I think this is a good move by WICB. Best of Luck for Darren Sammy and Brendan Nash!!!!!!!

Posted by ravithecricbuff on (October 18, 2010, 2:35 GMT)

WI cricket is dying and its own people cant stop back stabbing the dying genius!!

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:35 GMT)

I think the only other member in this team apart from Gayle who comes into the playing 11 any time is Shivnarine Chanderpaul - why not giving back the captaincy to him who is the most consistent and sincere player. Anyway - making Sammy a test captain seems more like a joke as he does not have a permanent place in playing 11. Is WI cricket following Pakistan and PCB too much and trying to do similar things :) .. anyway all the best to the WI team as I admired many WI players of diferent generations.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:34 GMT)

this is a joke no sarwan, who will play the spinners (shiv only). i can see sammy being an ODI, but not a test captain right now. i cannot see 2 all rounders in the same team, if we are rebuilding a team what is Devon Smith here? Simmons and Fudadin should be in the team.

Posted by exuma on (October 18, 2010, 2:31 GMT)

Lets be fair to WICB also, Gayle the present captain, cannot turn down a central contract and be kept on. The WICB has to show they are in controll. There is no other choice than to appoint Sammy as captain, The others Bravo-decline his central contract, Sarwan & Ramdin are not selected, Chande dosent want it. Other choice is to bring back F Reifer, Dowling or Ganga and thats an even bigger backward step. Sammy is a dedicated cricketer, hard working and improving, hopefully he can call on his senior players bravo, gayle and chander for support. the vice captain Nash is also by default, the only other senior player is Benn, who is constantly hot headed and discipline by ICC, not a good example as a leader- Guess WICB is hoping the central contract will be worked out with gayle and bravo and they can take over after the tour if committed to WICB cricket. When bangladesh beat us last year we said it was a second eleven WI, look what they did to NZ- we cannot beat that NZ team. EXUMA

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:30 GMT)

It is so easy for other to negatively criticize whenever anyone from the 'little pieces of rocks' other wise called windward or leeward islands are given an opportunity to prove themselves. Why can't we allow the chosen players to prove themselves. then again, I wonder where these comments are coming from?

Posted by cgtboy87 on (October 18, 2010, 2:27 GMT)

this is crazy.i am sorry i cannot support wi anymore because wicb is cluess of which direction the want to take west indies cricket. there are going to get destroyed in sri lanka.where is sarwan or deonnarine ? this is a garbage team they sending to sri lanka. wi cricket is in deeep trouble.. .i dont have anything against sammy but he is not the man to lead wi.sarwan is in some type of form and they still did not pick him.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:24 GMT)

God help us all another retarded decision from the WICB our cricket does not look as if it would come out of the mess we`re in espeacially with this retarded incompetent board running the show. Darren Sammy captain oh please give me a break.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:22 GMT)

It is so easy for other to negatively criticize whenever anyone from the 'little pieces of rocks' other wise called windward or leeward islands are given an opportunity to prove themselves. Why can't we allow the chosen players to prove themselves. then again, I wonder where these comments are coming from?

Posted by abner564 on (October 18, 2010, 2:22 GMT)

Now though I don't mind the selections.....my proposal is if Sarwan is in form or out of form isn't he still better than 14 of those guys in this squad.....these selectors haven't been watching sarwan playing lately playing the ball so beautifully of his bat....I think it's because he and Gibson can't get along....remember there is a saying you cannot teach a old dogs new tricks that can be applied to Sarwan the WICB has given the pat on the shoulder for his fielding since he put on a Windies outfit and now they are not picking him because of it is ludicrous....my other question is why pick two wicketkeepers?? Are these selectors sending this squad to SL to embarrass the Windies even more!!!....I love windies cricket but another thing is Nash as Vice Captain he not even from the West Indies......

Posted by Mervjo on (October 18, 2010, 2:20 GMT)

I think at this point I support the board for going that way because lets face it.... Gayle,Bravo & Pollard definitely showed they were not committed to W.I cricket by their decisions with the central retainer contracts...plus if guys like Sarwan and Taylor are truly devoted to W.I cricket they would use this as an opportunity to bounce back and get on top of their game.Also these guys have not been really doing the trick for W.I..so i guess the board has to try something else...Other sides try it.. I see no reason why West Indies should not do the same.

Posted by pycon45 on (October 18, 2010, 2:18 GMT)

This assignment for sammy will make or break him.As skipper you must lead from the front but sammy's average is already a discouragement.What can i do but to support him and the boys.Guys lets be real sarwan performs have been below par for a while,its because of that 291 against ENG his average is still up there.Before the ENG series his average was 38 going down he looked unwilling to fight its just awake call for to long he has been underperforming and is time Gayle next.So you true West Indian fan out there lets just give sammy a chance and lets hope this risk paysoff.Finally this side looks promising...then again thats West Indies

Posted by WindiesRules on (October 18, 2010, 2:14 GMT)

WICB should have weeded out anyone that did not sign the central contract. Gayle and Bravo are known trouble makers.

Posted by raghu86 on (October 18, 2010, 2:14 GMT)

Wi will dearly miss sarwan, deonaraine, taylor and edwards. If they are not fit, well i hope that they get fit soon and return to the side, with sarwan returning as skipper. Other than these guys, this is fairly good selection. With not much time left before world cup, wi should now stick with these players.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:12 GMT)

I see a resemblance between sammy and Misbah..

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:09 GMT)

This is the worse team ever, how could the selectors not know that international cricket requires a level of skill that these players do not possess, even if Dinesh Ramdin is out of runs, can these players do any better, what about Sarwan, is there any better player in the team. We obviously cannot sink further. Lets look foward to the success of T&T and the exploits of Pollard and Bravo.

Posted by socaluva2 on (October 18, 2010, 2:05 GMT)

West Indies have become the biggest joke in International Cricket thanks to their Board and Selectors. Leaving out Sarwan, Ramdin and Taylor will be their continued downfall in this upcoming Test Series with Sri Lanka. Prepare for a white-wash. If you are looking for leadership and inspiration, Ganga is your man. It takes a special man to possess these traits. You say Ganga is not producing runs? We only need him to lead the team, forget about the runs. Under Gayle we still continued to lose and he is a top batsman. Get my point? Let's see how well Sammy will do with the bat.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:03 GMT)

So there is no place for Ramnaresh Sarwan in this team? Are you kidding me, Devon Smith is picked over Ramnaresh Sarwan, this mus be a joke? While I dont necessarily oppose Sammy being the captain, I am concerned with the fact that he most times can not make the final 11 for the West Indies, neither his batting or bowling are consistent enough or stand out enough for him to force a top bowler or batsman out, Sammy with all due respect to his commitment is a sunday league cricketer not an international captain. The selectors are setting the lad up for failure pure and simple.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 2:01 GMT)

hahahahahahah what a clownfest west indies cricket has become. i no longer sit up at nights and watch these clowns, losing my sleep in the process, so their changes mean nothing to me anymore.even an uncommitted chris gayle is a better choice of captain than darren sammy

Posted by shattar on (October 18, 2010, 1:57 GMT)

good move always wondered why sammy was not in the test side . he was always overlooked for some reason or the other even after many good performances now the selectors of the final eleven has no choice he deserved to b in the test team a long time ago. the only weak link in the team is smith i hope the selectors treat him the same how they treated sammy over the years and dont play him at all .leaving out sarwan is a mistake the selectors will regret this, his expierence will b missed. it leaves to much work on chanderpaul and nash to keep the batting together consistantly as none of the other plays r consistant . the others will each make runs some time or the other but they hardly ever do it together which is what is needed .any best of luck they will need it

Posted by shattar on (October 18, 2010, 1:55 GMT)

good move always wondered why sammy was not in the test side . he was always overlooked for some reason or the other even after many good performances now the selectors of the final eleven has no choice he deserved to b in the test team a long time ago. the only weak link in the team is smith i hope the selectors treat him the same how they treated sammy over the years and dont play him at all .leaving out sarwan is a mistake the selectors will regret this, his expierence will b missed. it leaves to much work on chanderpaul and nash to keep the batting together consistantly as none of the other plays r consistant . the others will each make runs some time or the other but they hardly ever do it together which is what is needed .any best of luck they will need it

Posted by SomeCents on (October 18, 2010, 1:46 GMT)

Gayle has soured. I doubt he's even keen to play for WI at all. Fact is, the only cricketers keen to put on the WI uniform are those in need of the cheque! The star players make better money elsewhere and show more passion/commitment playing elsewhere. Won't be too long before WI is disbanded and all the countries become associate members. Jamaica versus Ireland! Trinidad versus Holland! Thrilling stuff!!!

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 1:25 GMT)

This tour should be a disaster...i see 1 batsman that can more or less handle spin: Chanderpaul. This statement by the WICB will prove cruel to West Indian hearts once more.

Posted by AyrtonS on (October 18, 2010, 1:21 GMT)

Expected from the fine boys that run the banana boys cricket board.

Posted by tesstess on (October 18, 2010, 1:13 GMT)

Sammy is really the best option if you remove Gayle and Bravo from the picture. Only Nash could be considered and I think that Sammy shows more passion. Sammy performs above his level of talent and will be a motivating factor. The norm is for the Windies players to perform below what is expected of them

The challenge will be for the Windies to hold their 8th place with Bangladesh breathing down their necks. (Greatly assisted by the players strike when they best the West Indies). The hope is that Barath, Darren Bravo and Roach will come through as world class players.

Posted by kimian on (October 18, 2010, 1:12 GMT)

WICB has taken a very bad step....how can they make a player who is still not a regular member of a WI 11.....Sarwan Should have been handed over captaincy and must have been in the team...

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 1:11 GMT)

Have no problem with Sammy being the captain although his record is not exactly exciting. But what has happened to Sarwan? Firstly no contract and now not even in the sde. Is he injured, unavailable or discarded? Fans should be told what has happened to one of our few world class players.Why isn't Pollard given a try in Test? Devon Smiith again? Let's see a possible batting order: Gayle, Bharat/ Smith, chanderpaul, Nash,Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Sammy, Baugh, Benn, Roach,Pascal. Formidable? We could be embarrased once again. Wish be were playing Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 1:09 GMT)

Bangladesh is the rising power in the short form of the game. They have some super talented players. Shakib and Tamim can be assets for any team.

Posted by kingkarthik on (October 18, 2010, 1:07 GMT)

It is a good move. It teaches Gayle, Bravo and Pollard that there are consequences for their arragonce. These 3 think that are so great, when in fact all they are capable is putting in sporadic performance which does not go to help the team. If any one wishes to argue, please tell me how these "modern greats" have contributed to the betterment of WI cricket? I guess this statement, (Gayle led West Indies to three wins in 20 Tests as captain, and they sit seventh on the ICC Test rankings list and eighth in the ODI rankings) alone explains that these players are money greedy scavengers and do not care for a team or a nation. After all, it is Gayle who said infamously that he would not mind to see Test cricket die. Well guess what Gayle, test cricket is in charming healthy condition in comparison to your mental state. I am not endorsing Darren Sammy, simply saying why these 3 players are not a good influence/role model for future cricketers.

Posted by Dashgar on (October 18, 2010, 0:43 GMT)

I may be the only one but I think this is a good move. You can't have a captain who does not want to be captain. Gayle had to go and the longer he stayed there the worse WI got. I don't know much about Sammy as a player but he should definitely be in the team. After Roach and Taylor he's the best fast bowler they have, forget about his batting.

The rest of the squad I think looks as strong as WI have looked in some time apart from the absence of Sarwan. Finally they have been able to get rid of useless players like Dowlin, Rampaul and Deonerine. Get Sarwan back in the squad and get Jerome Taylor fit and they will be a very competitive cricket team.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 0:43 GMT)

Can the WI board and selectors explain their rationale for not considering Daren Ganga for selection or captain for any format of West Indies cricket? Did they simply make up their minds collectively not to consider Ganga for any format of West Indies Cricket?

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 0:41 GMT)

After not signing the contract CG should have expected this. In no other country would this happen and the captain would not have paid the ultimate price. KP was replaced promptly by England. No one is greater than the game. Plus the on field errors are just too glaring to ignore. Errors that a die hard WI fan just can't forget. One example was where CG basically gave AB de villiers 2 lives after being so conservative that he refused the reviews twice(SA series). AB went on to pile on the runs and sure enough we lost the match. Should have seized the moment but it just passed by. I'm sure there are countless other ocassions commentators, average WI fans and anyone else who knows anything about WI cricket can point out. The change was ABSOLUTELY necessary, cause the team was going backward with CG as captain. He can stay as a batsman and occasional bowler though.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 0:38 GMT)

I thing i have seen it all in my life of watching West Indies cricket but this take the cake Sammy who can't hold a steady spot on the West Indies side is now the captain lord help us only u can the only problem i have right now is i love my West indies team don't matter who is on the team wish them all the best

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 0:34 GMT)

I totally agree with Darren Sammy being named as captain.Sammy, for the past couple of seasons has been the most passionate West Indian cricketer playing! The pain of losing and the joy of winning is always etched on his face and is the only cricketer who has the OLD WEST INDIAN spirit. The fact that he couldnt make the side regularly was no fault of his as he has ALWAYS performed when given the chance. Just recently he batted way down the order and brought us within a whisker of winning a match everyone thought we had already lost! This is the BEST thing i have seen the board do for a while and Nash is a good choice too.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2010, 0:32 GMT)

What is wrong with the ppl that run West Indies cricket? . What u want to get back at Gayle? U cant give the guys wrong for turning down the contract. they will earn more than u will give and when they get injure they will have money to care for them selfs not put them aside like u did with many good players before. Just when u think things cant get worse it just did, Sammy for captain? Oh come on so he made the team already and WI team will have two allrounders? SO Sarwan performance in the AIRTEL 20/20 is not good to give him selection. Look u guys should pick ur best team always. and if u dont want Gayle or Bravo to captain ur best choice was Nash, but u not going to gave it to a none West Indian it now would you? but he good enough to be vice captain? Come on WI CLEAN UP UR ACT and make WI cricket better.

Posted by kirksland on (October 18, 2010, 0:22 GMT)

I dont see how Sammy and Bravo can both play in the test XI, so why is Bravo even ib the squad. Also if the W.I are rebuilding where is llendl Simmons. Also we should do like South Africa and name a youngster with a bright future, Sammy is not that person. While he is gives it his all he is not a Test calibre player and as a batsman or bowler alone he cannot hold a place in the test team. Bizzare. Glad to see Barath back in the team, him along with Bravo (the youger) and Roach should be the foundation of the team going forward. This illustrates further the selfishness of the 3 dissenters and the root problem that exixts in West Indies cricket. As a result none of the tree should even play for W.I until they sign and show their true loyalties.

Posted by exuma on (October 18, 2010, 0:21 GMT)

kumar sangakara must be licking his chops when he see this joke team WI is sending on tour. There is no Murali anymore to contend with, so maybe they will not be mesmerised by high class spin bowling on a subcontinent pitch. these guys cant bat against Badree and Bishoo at home, who are ordinary bowlers. i see the batting talent in the WI is excellent when Mr sarwan cant make the team, one of the best player of spin in the WI today and Dale Richardson is a way better opner than Devon Smith. Darren bravo has flare but get out too easy, maybe he will learn to bat like crab/chander and dont give away your wicket. well, it's done, the team is picked and hopefully the young guns will fire or be fired.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 23:59 GMT)

who is Darren dude? new? neve heard of him before. where is sarwan?

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 23:58 GMT)

totally understand the fact of dropping chris gayle from the captainship but come on WICB...really Sammy was the best you had...You have the likes of Chanderpaul or even Darren Ganga at your disposal and u turn blind??? i honestly think Ganga can do to WI cricket what Dhoni did to India...make them into winners..

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 23:57 GMT)

I am fully aware that we all have a right to our opinions which i respect highly, Have we looked at Gayle's record as Captain, nothing to write home about, Was Courtney Walsh batting anything special to talk about, Sammy not making a final 11 is not his fault, the selectors had other ideas, he has proven himself in all forms of the game, so what nonesense is that individual talking about he is not an international cricketer, Give the guy a chance lets see what he has to offer, instead of criticizing without any merit, what's wrong two all rounders cannot be on the same team, we all need to rally behind Sammy and the West Indies team and eish them well, Go Windies, Go Sammy, St.Lucia and St.Lucians are behind you 100%, noo wevay

Posted by Akoben on (October 17, 2010, 23:55 GMT)

I say 'Good Luck' to the new W.I. captain Darren Sammy. I for one felt that after what happened with former captain Chris Gayle not signing a contract the next logical step was to appoint a new captain. The board seem to be attempting to obtain some consistency and while they have made many a mistake, as an armchair supporter I am not going to criticize, but rather give constructive comments where necessary. As for Sarwan not being in the team, I feel should he display the talent we all know he is capable of, then this question should not arise again. I am also glad Devon Smith is in, as he has not been given the same run as many other person who have previously played for W.I., and with the support shown by the selectors I feel will come good!

What I would like to know is who is the Fast Bowling Coach please?

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 23:54 GMT)

Since playing IPL requires NOC from the Board.. WICB shud nt grant it to Gayle and others who refuse the contracts.. WICB shud join hands with CA and BCCI to make sure their crickets stay in check.. the ones who dont honor the Test caps.. shud be left out unemployed everywhere.

Posted by svg27rivers on (October 17, 2010, 23:54 GMT)

Best move by West Indies yet I support it one hundred percent. Three test wins out of twenty will not do and Gayle himself said he's not going to be playing Test cricket for to long. To that fool who keep talking about Ganga being captain Ganga is not in the team yet you want him to be captain yet you have a problem with Sammy who is in the team all be it sometimes. at least Sammy is in the team all be it sometimes. So how can you justify that If you listen to yourself you just don't make sense. Just look at Australia they are thinking about sacking Ponting. Good luck and congrats to you Sammy.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 23:53 GMT)

Well if Gayle finds his 20/20 leagues more important than WI cricket, then hell with him being captain.

Posted by mumbo on (October 17, 2010, 23:43 GMT)

congrats to darren sammy, hard work always brings success, it wont be an easy task for sammy and nash leading the team in sri lanka, but if the guys gel as a team and support each other, they can achive, nice seeing devon thomas in the team as well,all the best guys

Posted by deno24 on (October 17, 2010, 23:37 GMT)

What a big joke. The most successful captain within the last five years, Darren Ganga and no place for him. ramdhin and rampaul, sarwan and simmons, what happen to these guys. It is a set of politics. happy to see bharath back on.

Posted by melayaraja on (October 17, 2010, 23:35 GMT)

I see some comments from WI cricket followers that WI cricket has taken a step back by giving the captaincy to Sammy. I understand their sentiments but however it should also be understood that the captaincy cannot rest with either Gayle or Bravo, who are not committed to WI cricket. Their primary motive is to make money through the cash rich 20-20 leagues. (Of course it is their choice and nobody can complain). Even though Sammy doesnot have a good record has an intl cricketer, I seriously think that he can up his performances with this added responsibility, as he dedication is far higher than most of the people playing for WI now. Hoping for a good performance against Srilanka in December.

Sarwan is a good player in subcontinent. The team will miss him for sure. Hope his fitness and other issues with the WICB are resolved ASAP.

Posted by Hasso29 on (October 17, 2010, 23:35 GMT)

i dont understand what they are trying to do

Posted by bharath74 on (October 17, 2010, 23:33 GMT)

Ijaz Butt would be a better captain than Darren Sammy, Sammy is gr8 player but not worth to be a captain.

Posted by miz29 on (October 17, 2010, 23:31 GMT)

i think its high time we put WI cricket to rest while we still have some pride left! let the islands represent themselves on the international playing field, because presently i am ashame to tell my cricket loving friends that i am a WI supporter, i rather say trinidad!

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 23:30 GMT)

Has Ijaz Butt been appointed as chairman of West Indies cricket as well? :-O

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 23:30 GMT)

I have always liked Sammy's passion and commitment to WI cricket. The only reason he wasn't permanently on the team is because the selectors were blindly grasping for that elusive third fast bowler. We cant even find two !!! Gayle & Co. are only passionate about money ... I say give these guys a chance ..

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Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 23:21 GMT)

ok i analyzed this i think it's close to the best final combination posible, cool

Posted by mittheimp on (October 17, 2010, 23:21 GMT)

Over the last decade the Windies have still had the talent but the poor attitude of it's players has badly let them down. The WICB have now chosen a captain and vice patain that dispaly the right kind of commitment to the Windies team. Sarwan has all the talent in the world but the impression i get from every interview he gives and his body language is that is too cool to care. Good luck Windies on this tour, i hope this is the start of a new era.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (October 17, 2010, 23:10 GMT)

Can't see how W.I. will stand a chance vs Sri Lanla without Taylor. Conditions will be super batting friendly and the Sri Lankan attack won't be that great so Sarwan is a slightly less of a miss than Taylor. Sarwan however has valuable experience that W.I. would need.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 23:00 GMT)

I think WI cricket is moving backward instead of forward.Darren Sammy cant find a permanent place in the test side and all of a sudden he is the captain,what rubbish. His average is below 20 in both forms of the game.What a corruption, waste time to follow WI cricket,wake up WI selectors or resign.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 22:52 GMT)

this is utter mess WI have totally gone to the dogs now sammy cant even make the test side but WICB make him captain when gayle was made captain i thought we couldnt go any lower i guess i was wrong..

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 22:48 GMT)

this is the worst thing in west indies cricket right now.wheres sarwan n narsingh?sammy as captain who cant hold a permanent test place.sammy n bravo in the same test team?why couldnt ganga lead this team?i see pollard paying now.

Posted by WindiesWillow on (October 17, 2010, 22:42 GMT)

While I like Sammy as a cricketer, hardworking and passionate, I tink this is a very wrong decision. Chris Gayle is a formidable opponent as is professed by many opposing teams. This is not the right time to do this experimenting!!! It is the WICB expressing their inadequacy to keep their players dedicated to the national team, someting he English are quite good at doing. and now that our best players see that they are better off not being tied to the WICB, they have to face this stupidness. I am quickly losing the desire to watch my once great WI team play cricket. Why is Devon Smith even in this team???? If you are rebuilding, shouldn't Lendl Simmons be in there and Kirk Edwards and Asad Fudadin. I don't care what anybody says, Sarwan is a world class player, and should be on this tour rather than ostracised form the team. Please somebody do something to make some sense from all of this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by kingstonsfinest on (October 17, 2010, 22:32 GMT)

So there is no place for Ramnaresh Sarwan in this team? Are you kidding me, Devon Smith is picked over Ramnaresh Sarwan, this mus be a joke? While I dont necessarily oppose Sammy being the captain, I am concerned with the fact that he most times can not make the final 11 for the West Indies, neither his batting or bowling are consistent enough or stand out enough for him to force a top bowler or batsman out, Sammy with all due respect to his commitment is a sunday league cricketer not an international captain. The selectors are setting the lad up for failure pure and simple.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2010, 22:30 GMT)

Will really be a tough task for Sammy as skipper as his first assignment will be in Sri Lanka...Anyways wish WI team All The Best & hope to see competitive cricket in the subcontinent

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