West Indies domestic news November 13, 2011

Daren Ganga steps down as T&T captain

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Daren Ganga has resigned as the captain of the Trinidad & Tobago national team with immediate effect after nine-years at the helm. He made the announcement in a press release issued on Saturday.

"It is with great humility and a deep sense of gratitude that I announce my resignation from the post of captain of the Trinidad and Tobago team, a position I have held with pride, passion and commitment over the last nine seasons," Ganga said. "One of the most fulfilling aspects of my captaincy was the opportunity to contribute to Trinidad and Tobago's rise from the lower tiers of West Indian cricket to the regional powerhouse it is today."

Ganga steps down as the country's most successful captain so far, leading the team to multiple championships during his tenure, including back-to-back WICB 50-Over Championship in 2008 and 2009, the Stanford 20/20 in 2008 and Caribbean T20 earlier this year. He also led the team to the finals of the first Champions League T20 in 2009. This season, in addition to winning the T20 tournament, T&T also reached the semi-finals of the Regional Four-Day Tournament and were beaten finalists in the Regional Super50.

According to Ganga, "the emergence of a pool of potential leaders within the team" led him to conclude that now was the right time for him to give up the captaincy. However, he remains committed to the side and offered his support to whoever takes his place.

"I wish to make it abundantly clear that I am not retiring from cricket and I continue to make myself available for selection on the national cricket team and pledge my support to the new captain."

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  • on November 16, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    Metman it's not Barbados either!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who cares who is the powerhouse, WI are in the doldrums. The cricket administrators ,selectors all have third world short sighted mentality. @ least T&T made us proud twice over in recent times what have the other islands done? Produced Sammy savior of WI cricket. Gayle Jamaican selfish behaviour. Barbados ah NOBODY I WOULD PAY TO SEE PLAY. AS FAR AS I'M CONCERN D GANGA TURNED AROUND TRINIDAD CRICKET AND PUT T&T on the Map. T&T has therefore done more for west indies cricket than any body else over the last dismal 15y of decline!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bullbudman on November 15, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    DARREN GANGA WAS IN THE SAME BOAT AS DARREN SAMMY ,THEY MADE THE TEAMS ONLY BECAUSE OF BEING THE CAPTAIN.THIS IS A GOOD MOVE FOR CRICKET IN THE REGION ON A WHOLE. DARREN GANGA WAS ANTI WEST INDIES AND BAD FOR THE TOGETHERNESS OF THE CARRIBEAN AS FAR AS CRICKET BEING THE GLUE THAT BINDED US AS A REGION.HE WAS ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT TRINIDAD GOING THEIR SEPERATE WAY FROM THE REST OF THE WEST INDIES,THIS FORM OF THINKING WAS DEVISIVE AND NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF WEST INDIES OR EVEN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.I THINK IT WAS THE SMART PEOPLE IN THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CRICKET BOARD WHO REALISED THAT GANGA WAS BAD FOR CRICKET, GAVE HIM A HINT THAT HIS TIME WAS NEAR. GOOD RIDDANCE AND GOOD FOR CRICKET.LONG LIVE ONE WEST INDIES.

  • Nicholas_Clarke on November 15, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Ganga is definitely a very good leader but he was becoming more of a specialist captain in Twenty20 cricket. He had an exceptional FC season this year though and was perhaps unlucky to miss out on selection for at least the West Indies A team.

  • WICric101 on November 15, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    I hate to read negative comments about such a great servant to T&T cricket, but i agree ganga must step aside and allow someone else to lead,since trophy wise we havt been doing so well in the last few years,any way thanks ganga.

  • ezzyjojo on November 15, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Are you guys serious? He made the decision for the team. Dont you trinis see that it was time for Ganga who is not worth his weight in salt to get out and allow more compitent players an opportunity? The guy cant bat and cant bowl. You have him there just to lead? RIDICUlOUS. Ands what's this about Sammy should do the same? At least Sammy is takingwickets consistently, leading with pride, motivating and demonstrates improved contributes with the bat. Isnt that better than an "I cannot bowl or bat but can lead'?

  • on November 15, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    What powerhouse? Give me a break. When is the last time T&T won the Four-Day competition which is still the barometer as opposed to the shorter versions of the game? As Metman put it, T&T has produced one great cricketer in its history and that would be BC LARA, one! A handfull of decent players ( Stollmeyer, Gomes, Murray, Ramadhin) and that's about it for the the land of the humming bird. Ganga has been an effective captain for his country. Like our present captain, he couldn't earn/maintain his place in the WI team. Certainly had his chances (48 Tests). Had he been able to be a regular, Ganga certainly would've been the WI captain at present. I wish him GOD's blessings for the rest of his life.

  • Metman on November 14, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    @@harryboom ! Was there really a rift in the TT team ! I suspected that from as far back as 2009 in the Champions League from the expressions on the faces back then of Emrit and Khan on the bench.,who were and still are better allround cricketers than S.Ganga. TT did not become a powerhouse in WI cricket under Ganga.,as a matter of fact TT was never or will never ever be a powerhouse in WI cricket,from the simple fact that in the over 100 yrs of WI cricket,they have only managed to produce one cricketer of Int'l repute,and the present crop representing the WI ,are a couple of moderate to good local cricketers., that can't even dominate on the Int'l scene. How many titles has TT won in the last 4 years.There is only one powerhouse in WI cricket,and it certainly isn't TT !

  • xlcrhs on November 13, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    While Daren Ganga was a truly great captain I cannot agree with him that T&T is the regional powerhouse. JA has won more trophies in the last 5 years and are currently defending champs in the 4 day(4titles in a row) & super 50 competitions. @Raymond Sundar Before declaring Ganga the best captain in the WI take a look at Tamar Lambert's record going all the way back as interim captain while Hinds & Gayle were away playing for WI. His record speaks for itself (check Cricinfo if you don't believe me). I'm not trying to be insular but just setting the record straight. Daren's resignation is indeed a loss to T&T and the WI as it cannot be denied that his leadership lifted his team and made the short regional tournaments competitive. All the best Daren!

  • on November 13, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    this is really sad ..but best of luck to ganga ..sammy should look at how ganga step down and do the same .....ganga i hope you have a lot more to offer to the people of trinidad and tobago and west indies ....but best of luck in the near future ..you have done trinidad tobago great ....now time for u to forcus on batting longer !

  • on November 13, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Sorry to see u relinquish the captaincy. Must be a good feeling to resign as the best ever Trinidadian captain. And, lest we forget, currently the best captain in the West Indies. It's Trinidad's loss. Good luck!

  • on November 16, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    Metman it's not Barbados either!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who cares who is the powerhouse, WI are in the doldrums. The cricket administrators ,selectors all have third world short sighted mentality. @ least T&T made us proud twice over in recent times what have the other islands done? Produced Sammy savior of WI cricket. Gayle Jamaican selfish behaviour. Barbados ah NOBODY I WOULD PAY TO SEE PLAY. AS FAR AS I'M CONCERN D GANGA TURNED AROUND TRINIDAD CRICKET AND PUT T&T on the Map. T&T has therefore done more for west indies cricket than any body else over the last dismal 15y of decline!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bullbudman on November 15, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    DARREN GANGA WAS IN THE SAME BOAT AS DARREN SAMMY ,THEY MADE THE TEAMS ONLY BECAUSE OF BEING THE CAPTAIN.THIS IS A GOOD MOVE FOR CRICKET IN THE REGION ON A WHOLE. DARREN GANGA WAS ANTI WEST INDIES AND BAD FOR THE TOGETHERNESS OF THE CARRIBEAN AS FAR AS CRICKET BEING THE GLUE THAT BINDED US AS A REGION.HE WAS ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT TRINIDAD GOING THEIR SEPERATE WAY FROM THE REST OF THE WEST INDIES,THIS FORM OF THINKING WAS DEVISIVE AND NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF WEST INDIES OR EVEN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.I THINK IT WAS THE SMART PEOPLE IN THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CRICKET BOARD WHO REALISED THAT GANGA WAS BAD FOR CRICKET, GAVE HIM A HINT THAT HIS TIME WAS NEAR. GOOD RIDDANCE AND GOOD FOR CRICKET.LONG LIVE ONE WEST INDIES.

  • Nicholas_Clarke on November 15, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Ganga is definitely a very good leader but he was becoming more of a specialist captain in Twenty20 cricket. He had an exceptional FC season this year though and was perhaps unlucky to miss out on selection for at least the West Indies A team.

  • WICric101 on November 15, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    I hate to read negative comments about such a great servant to T&T cricket, but i agree ganga must step aside and allow someone else to lead,since trophy wise we havt been doing so well in the last few years,any way thanks ganga.

  • ezzyjojo on November 15, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Are you guys serious? He made the decision for the team. Dont you trinis see that it was time for Ganga who is not worth his weight in salt to get out and allow more compitent players an opportunity? The guy cant bat and cant bowl. You have him there just to lead? RIDICUlOUS. Ands what's this about Sammy should do the same? At least Sammy is takingwickets consistently, leading with pride, motivating and demonstrates improved contributes with the bat. Isnt that better than an "I cannot bowl or bat but can lead'?

  • on November 15, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    What powerhouse? Give me a break. When is the last time T&T won the Four-Day competition which is still the barometer as opposed to the shorter versions of the game? As Metman put it, T&T has produced one great cricketer in its history and that would be BC LARA, one! A handfull of decent players ( Stollmeyer, Gomes, Murray, Ramadhin) and that's about it for the the land of the humming bird. Ganga has been an effective captain for his country. Like our present captain, he couldn't earn/maintain his place in the WI team. Certainly had his chances (48 Tests). Had he been able to be a regular, Ganga certainly would've been the WI captain at present. I wish him GOD's blessings for the rest of his life.

  • Metman on November 14, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    @@harryboom ! Was there really a rift in the TT team ! I suspected that from as far back as 2009 in the Champions League from the expressions on the faces back then of Emrit and Khan on the bench.,who were and still are better allround cricketers than S.Ganga. TT did not become a powerhouse in WI cricket under Ganga.,as a matter of fact TT was never or will never ever be a powerhouse in WI cricket,from the simple fact that in the over 100 yrs of WI cricket,they have only managed to produce one cricketer of Int'l repute,and the present crop representing the WI ,are a couple of moderate to good local cricketers., that can't even dominate on the Int'l scene. How many titles has TT won in the last 4 years.There is only one powerhouse in WI cricket,and it certainly isn't TT !

  • xlcrhs on November 13, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    While Daren Ganga was a truly great captain I cannot agree with him that T&T is the regional powerhouse. JA has won more trophies in the last 5 years and are currently defending champs in the 4 day(4titles in a row) & super 50 competitions. @Raymond Sundar Before declaring Ganga the best captain in the WI take a look at Tamar Lambert's record going all the way back as interim captain while Hinds & Gayle were away playing for WI. His record speaks for itself (check Cricinfo if you don't believe me). I'm not trying to be insular but just setting the record straight. Daren's resignation is indeed a loss to T&T and the WI as it cannot be denied that his leadership lifted his team and made the short regional tournaments competitive. All the best Daren!

  • on November 13, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    this is really sad ..but best of luck to ganga ..sammy should look at how ganga step down and do the same .....ganga i hope you have a lot more to offer to the people of trinidad and tobago and west indies ....but best of luck in the near future ..you have done trinidad tobago great ....now time for u to forcus on batting longer !

  • on November 13, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Sorry to see u relinquish the captaincy. Must be a good feeling to resign as the best ever Trinidadian captain. And, lest we forget, currently the best captain in the West Indies. It's Trinidad's loss. Good luck!

  • on November 13, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Darren has done his best and as a result, he has made the best decision for his continued involvement in T&T and regional cricket.

    Though I would like to see him go onto the W.I. team, I am not certain that he is motivated in that direction right now. Anyway W.I. cricket is in shambles and not likely to improve anytime soon, not under this present Board and selectors. I believe that there is a lot left in Darren to contribute, to benefit Cricket for many good years to come. I wish him well in all that he endeavours to do in and out of Cricket.

  • harryboom on November 13, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    This is a good move and i support it 100%. It is very glaring that his statements in the champions league about Trinidad going on its own have finally taken effect, and i will not be surprised if he was actually asked to resign. Ganga and his brother do not belong on a Trinidad team based on their figures. When was the last time any of them made a significant contribution to the batting or bowling to Trinidad? All the other players that do not support Ganga can now relax and represent Trinidad. The rift that was in Trinidad cricket can now be healed hopefully without either Gangas being around the team.

  • on November 13, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    This seems to be a great decision, to resign when at helm. I personally feel Ganga had made the decision in favor of team interests but he can still continue as T&T captain. It is under him that world has known T&T-t20 team in international arena at CLT20, 2009. Also saw the emergence of Pollard with a storm. I hope he gets more chances to play international games for WI. :)

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  • on November 13, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    This seems to be a great decision, to resign when at helm. I personally feel Ganga had made the decision in favor of team interests but he can still continue as T&T captain. It is under him that world has known T&T-t20 team in international arena at CLT20, 2009. Also saw the emergence of Pollard with a storm. I hope he gets more chances to play international games for WI. :)

  • harryboom on November 13, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    This is a good move and i support it 100%. It is very glaring that his statements in the champions league about Trinidad going on its own have finally taken effect, and i will not be surprised if he was actually asked to resign. Ganga and his brother do not belong on a Trinidad team based on their figures. When was the last time any of them made a significant contribution to the batting or bowling to Trinidad? All the other players that do not support Ganga can now relax and represent Trinidad. The rift that was in Trinidad cricket can now be healed hopefully without either Gangas being around the team.

  • on November 13, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Darren has done his best and as a result, he has made the best decision for his continued involvement in T&T and regional cricket.

    Though I would like to see him go onto the W.I. team, I am not certain that he is motivated in that direction right now. Anyway W.I. cricket is in shambles and not likely to improve anytime soon, not under this present Board and selectors. I believe that there is a lot left in Darren to contribute, to benefit Cricket for many good years to come. I wish him well in all that he endeavours to do in and out of Cricket.

  • on November 13, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Sorry to see u relinquish the captaincy. Must be a good feeling to resign as the best ever Trinidadian captain. And, lest we forget, currently the best captain in the West Indies. It's Trinidad's loss. Good luck!

  • on November 13, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    this is really sad ..but best of luck to ganga ..sammy should look at how ganga step down and do the same .....ganga i hope you have a lot more to offer to the people of trinidad and tobago and west indies ....but best of luck in the near future ..you have done trinidad tobago great ....now time for u to forcus on batting longer !

  • xlcrhs on November 13, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    While Daren Ganga was a truly great captain I cannot agree with him that T&T is the regional powerhouse. JA has won more trophies in the last 5 years and are currently defending champs in the 4 day(4titles in a row) & super 50 competitions. @Raymond Sundar Before declaring Ganga the best captain in the WI take a look at Tamar Lambert's record going all the way back as interim captain while Hinds & Gayle were away playing for WI. His record speaks for itself (check Cricinfo if you don't believe me). I'm not trying to be insular but just setting the record straight. Daren's resignation is indeed a loss to T&T and the WI as it cannot be denied that his leadership lifted his team and made the short regional tournaments competitive. All the best Daren!

  • Metman on November 14, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    @@harryboom ! Was there really a rift in the TT team ! I suspected that from as far back as 2009 in the Champions League from the expressions on the faces back then of Emrit and Khan on the bench.,who were and still are better allround cricketers than S.Ganga. TT did not become a powerhouse in WI cricket under Ganga.,as a matter of fact TT was never or will never ever be a powerhouse in WI cricket,from the simple fact that in the over 100 yrs of WI cricket,they have only managed to produce one cricketer of Int'l repute,and the present crop representing the WI ,are a couple of moderate to good local cricketers., that can't even dominate on the Int'l scene. How many titles has TT won in the last 4 years.There is only one powerhouse in WI cricket,and it certainly isn't TT !

  • on November 15, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    What powerhouse? Give me a break. When is the last time T&T won the Four-Day competition which is still the barometer as opposed to the shorter versions of the game? As Metman put it, T&T has produced one great cricketer in its history and that would be BC LARA, one! A handfull of decent players ( Stollmeyer, Gomes, Murray, Ramadhin) and that's about it for the the land of the humming bird. Ganga has been an effective captain for his country. Like our present captain, he couldn't earn/maintain his place in the WI team. Certainly had his chances (48 Tests). Had he been able to be a regular, Ganga certainly would've been the WI captain at present. I wish him GOD's blessings for the rest of his life.

  • ezzyjojo on November 15, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Are you guys serious? He made the decision for the team. Dont you trinis see that it was time for Ganga who is not worth his weight in salt to get out and allow more compitent players an opportunity? The guy cant bat and cant bowl. You have him there just to lead? RIDICUlOUS. Ands what's this about Sammy should do the same? At least Sammy is takingwickets consistently, leading with pride, motivating and demonstrates improved contributes with the bat. Isnt that better than an "I cannot bowl or bat but can lead'?

  • WICric101 on November 15, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    I hate to read negative comments about such a great servant to T&T cricket, but i agree ganga must step aside and allow someone else to lead,since trophy wise we havt been doing so well in the last few years,any way thanks ganga.