West Indies news May 9, 2014

Ramdin named WI Test captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies wicketkeeper, has been named captain of the Test side and will take over from Darren Sammy, who will remain the T20 captain. This means West Indies have three separate captains for all three formats.

Ramdin's first assignment will be the home series against New Zealand which begins on June 8. He has led the national side in three T20s and an ODI. His experience with Trinidad & Tobago is more extensive with 37 matches at the helm across formats. He has 21 wins under his belt and took T&T to the semi-final of the Regional Four Day Competition this season.

This is the second time in as many years that Sammy has had to relinquish captaincy. Last May he had to make way for Dwayne Bravo to become ODI captain after criticism regarding his batting too low and his ability as a strike bowler.

Sammy's tenure as Test captain began in November 2010 when West Indies drew a three-match series against the hosts Sri Lanka. His best accomplishment as captain was when West Indies won six consecutive matches in 2012-13 which lifted the side to No. 5 in the rankings. But an overall record of 8 wins to 12 losses - including a spell of five defeats in their last six matches - has hurt his cause.

Sammy's three-year stint was marred by debate over his reliability as a player. He usually occupies No.8 in the batting order and has hit his only Test century and all five fifties in that position. But an average of 22.43 cites his lack of consistency and his straightforward medium pace, that fetched him 29 wickets in 10 matches, prompted several critics to question his impact as an allrounder.

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  • Martin on May 13, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    The assertion that Sammy doesn't hold his place in the Test team as an all-rounder is probably correct. But don't forget that Sammy took up the captaincy at the time when all sorts of squabbles divided WI cricket - which must have been hard on the team. What Sammy gave the team was leadership at a time that was sorely needed. In many ways it was an unenviable time to take that on - more power to him for doing so. His contributions with bat and ball were also valuable, especially at times. WI now has several top players in their teams now that were out of the team for all sorts of reasons. That they have welded together is certainly a major achievement for Sammy as captain. Perhaps, now that has been done, it is time for Sammy to step down - but let's not forget his legacy to the team. Thank you, Darren Sammy.

  • Simon on May 12, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    I think the decision to replace Sammy as captain of the test team is a good one. With due respect to Sammy, his ability does not merit a place on the test team. Ramdin is a good choice as replacement, and now the selectors should go one step further in giving him a group of young fresh players who he can mould into his own team. To continue with players like Gayle, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Best, (just to name a few) would just be promoting more of the same old failure, and definitely counter- productive. This is a golden opportunity to select a balance team of our best young players in the region, and persist with them even they may fail initially. Certainly they could be no worse than what we have at present, and most likely would only get better with time and exposure. At the same time, Sammy should be made captain of both limited over formats, to which he is definitely more suited.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Looks like this is the for Wicket Keepers. India is captained by Dhoni, Bangladesh by Mushfiqur Rahim, New Zealand by Brendon McCullum, Zimbabwe by Brendon Taylor, South Africa by AB and now West Indies by Ramdin. All the best Ramdin!!!

  • Dennis on May 11, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    @mshyder: Perfectly stated. Totally agree and what I've been trying to drill into people's heads on cricinfo for years.

  • joel on May 11, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    Ramdin has learnt his lesson well and used his bat to do the talking , instead of badly spelt and cringeworthy notes, "Yea Viv talk nah". He was always good with the gloves, so that was never a problem. Then he learnt some leadership under the astute tactical leadership of Daren Ganga. And in the past 2 years he has developed his batting to the point where he can hold his place purely as a middle order batsman, with an average of 44. Let's hope he can pull the team together and also keep the stupid comments to himself.

  • Garry on May 11, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    DJRNZ I wouldn't be too sure we will win, it rearly depends on the wickets, if they take turn as expected I don't like our chances. I very much doubt the WI will produce green seaming tracks for our benifit. As for the ODi's and 20/20 then it is a lottery, both teams have match winners and it depends on who shows up on the day.

  • Garry on May 11, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    WIFL I am not West Indian but a kiwi so I don't know much about WI team selections and so forth, but is there a reason he hasn't played a test? He has a better FC record than Deonarine, Powell and I am guessing a few others.

  • Muhammad on May 11, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    It is correct that Sammy is not an automatic selection in the team and the recent results also are not in his favor but one has to be honest that Sammy has not done badly as a Captain and a change in leadership will not bring any change in the fortunes of the team. They have good individuals but as a team the present WI team is just average. If Dhoni is appointed the captain of Bangladesh does anyone expects BD to become a top side ? NO, a captain is as good as the armory at his disposal thus think Sammy got a raw deal.

  • Android on May 11, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    @banglafan well stated. Remember though we are talking about the WI where the absence of a strong leader (aka head of the house) is the norm.

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    they need improve a lot in tests and ODI's so called young players are failing badly i.e keiron powell,johnson charles and darren bravo and lack of good seam bowlers they dependent on spinners these days!

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