West Indies domestic news November 13, 2011

Daren Ganga steps down as T&T captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

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."