West Indies news May 9, 2014

Darren Sammy retires from Test cricket

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Darren Sammy has announced his retirement from Test cricket after losing the captaincy.

His decision on Friday evening came just hours after the WICB announced that wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was replacing Sammy as captain of the Test side for the upcoming three-Test series against New Zealand beginning on June 8 in Jamaica. Sammy will remain T20 captain for the West Indies and has informed the board that he will continue to make himself available for selection in ODIs.

Sammy was the first player from St Lucia to represent the West Indies Test side, making his debut as a 23-year-old in 2007 against England at Old Trafford. He took 7 for 66 in the second innings of a 60-run loss to the home side, the best bowling figures at Old Trafford since Malcolm Marshall claimed 7 for 22 in 1988. They were also the best for any West Indian on debut since Alf Valentine claimed 8 for 102 against England at the same venue in 1950 and would remain Sammy's best haul over his 38 Tests.

After having played only eight Tests, he was made captain of the Test side taking over from Chris Gayle in October 2010 after Gayle turned down a WICB central contract. It was a curious move at the time since Sammy was not an automatic selection due to his modest record with both bat and ball, claiming 27 wickets at 27.74 while maintaining a batting average of 19.40 with high score of 48 in 15 innings.

Sammy fought off plenty of criticism throughout his reign during which West Indies won eight, lost 12 and drew 10 of the Tests he captained. During a seven-month stretch beginning in November 2011, West Indies lost three consecutive three-match series - in India, at home to Australia and then away again in England - all by a final margin of 2-0.

The WICB continued to show faith in Sammy's leadership though and they were rewarded when he led them to six straight Test victories - two each at home against New Zealand, away in Bangladesh and back home against Zimbabwe - before a poor showing by the West Indies in India during Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series last November provided more fodder for Sammy's detractors. His final series in charge was in New Zealand last December where Darren Bravo's double-century saved the first Test in Dunedin before West Indies lost heavily in the final two matches of the series.

He leaves Test cricket at a time when his Twenty20 career is near its peak. After leading West Indies to the World T20 title in 2012, he led them to the semifinals in 2014 on the back of some impressive finishing displays, none more than against Australia when he scored 34 not out off 13 balls in a final-over six-wicket win.

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  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    Sammy deserve some recognition for what he has achieve as captain of windies test team. He accepted the position as captain at a very difficult time when the able and capable players were busy else where working for big money also amid controversies he had to contend with second class players then who would not have been considered for selection had the big buns been present, poor chap he did his best his overall result was better than most captains before him. The captains of my time that did better than him were Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Garry Sobers, Clive, Sir Vivian Richards and Courtney Walsh. when the big guns came back they batted with gay abundance. Every time Sammy goes to bat he was always under pressure. The critics were on his back for not scoring enough runs, but they never were they on the backs of the big guns for their consistence failures. Sammy could not have go out to the crease and bat for them, nor could he have bowled from both end. thank you Sammy for everything

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | May 12, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    This is a huge loss for the West Indies, he at least had another 5 years in him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    Sammy was used!! Now he ain't need again. SAD.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    Thanks Sammy for your yeomen service to the WI cricket. Yes he is not the best but not the worst! He will be a better Captain than Ramdin and Bravo. We salute you, Darren.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Sammy was a decent test player and a good captain...We forget that the rest of the team failed as well..When WI cricket was in the dustbin when top players were away, Sammy helped the team to bounce back. In any case, he is a terrific T20 and ODI player...This will free him up...He should continue to hone his first class skills...In the future he might rejoin the test team. Sammy should ply his T20 skills in all the leagues around the world.

  • POSTED BY Non_Bias on | May 11, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    well said kentjones. Sammy hold your head high, i guess it was just a business decision. So sad that it has become a business and not a patriotic movement. He was not the best but definitely not the worst. We will miss Sammy in Test Cricket!

  • POSTED BY tutorial on | May 11, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Look lets face it Sammy's retirement is more of a benefit than a loss to WI.test cricket, the writing on the wall was in BIG BOLD LETTERS for Sammy to see, so at the end he did the right thing. Moving forward WI.test cricket will be in a better position. Congrats Ramdin and LETS PLAY BALL!!!.

  • POSTED BY number-09 on | May 11, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Sammy did what he was asked to do. He did his best. Thanks Sammy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I love Sammy. My favourite WI player, as he has a great heart and gave his all. Hopefully he can keep going well in limited overs cricket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    @sanjoy How many of thr South African and Australians in the IPL who also do not represent their country do you want to omit. Most if the WI players in the ipl arrived on the strength of their performances in the champions league. On your premise Narine would never get a chance and the likes od Dwayne Smith. Its their ipl opportunities/performances which put them in focus for national selection. PROFESSIONALS realise they must prove their worth. The teo player named have more than repaid their franchises this season so why would a commercial venture need such embargos which you are proposing?

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    Sammy deserve some recognition for what he has achieve as captain of windies test team. He accepted the position as captain at a very difficult time when the able and capable players were busy else where working for big money also amid controversies he had to contend with second class players then who would not have been considered for selection had the big buns been present, poor chap he did his best his overall result was better than most captains before him. The captains of my time that did better than him were Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Garry Sobers, Clive, Sir Vivian Richards and Courtney Walsh. when the big guns came back they batted with gay abundance. Every time Sammy goes to bat he was always under pressure. The critics were on his back for not scoring enough runs, but they never were they on the backs of the big guns for their consistence failures. Sammy could not have go out to the crease and bat for them, nor could he have bowled from both end. thank you Sammy for everything

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | May 12, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    This is a huge loss for the West Indies, he at least had another 5 years in him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    Sammy was used!! Now he ain't need again. SAD.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    Thanks Sammy for your yeomen service to the WI cricket. Yes he is not the best but not the worst! He will be a better Captain than Ramdin and Bravo. We salute you, Darren.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Sammy was a decent test player and a good captain...We forget that the rest of the team failed as well..When WI cricket was in the dustbin when top players were away, Sammy helped the team to bounce back. In any case, he is a terrific T20 and ODI player...This will free him up...He should continue to hone his first class skills...In the future he might rejoin the test team. Sammy should ply his T20 skills in all the leagues around the world.

  • POSTED BY Non_Bias on | May 11, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    well said kentjones. Sammy hold your head high, i guess it was just a business decision. So sad that it has become a business and not a patriotic movement. He was not the best but definitely not the worst. We will miss Sammy in Test Cricket!

  • POSTED BY tutorial on | May 11, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Look lets face it Sammy's retirement is more of a benefit than a loss to WI.test cricket, the writing on the wall was in BIG BOLD LETTERS for Sammy to see, so at the end he did the right thing. Moving forward WI.test cricket will be in a better position. Congrats Ramdin and LETS PLAY BALL!!!.

  • POSTED BY number-09 on | May 11, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Sammy did what he was asked to do. He did his best. Thanks Sammy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I love Sammy. My favourite WI player, as he has a great heart and gave his all. Hopefully he can keep going well in limited overs cricket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    @sanjoy How many of thr South African and Australians in the IPL who also do not represent their country do you want to omit. Most if the WI players in the ipl arrived on the strength of their performances in the champions league. On your premise Narine would never get a chance and the likes od Dwayne Smith. Its their ipl opportunities/performances which put them in focus for national selection. PROFESSIONALS realise they must prove their worth. The teo player named have more than repaid their franchises this season so why would a commercial venture need such embargos which you are proposing?

  • POSTED BY kentjones on | May 11, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Darren Sammy, thanks for your dedication and wholehearted effort as test captain. You took the captaincy at a time when neither Gayle nor Dwayne Bravo wanted it. You gave it all you had and stabiilised the team. You are a true West Indian and I love you for it. All the best as T20 captain. I look forward to great successes from you with bat, ball and as team leader. Respect man!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 11, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    we should respect his decision but I thought Samuels was a better choice than Ramdin for captaincy,anyway I wish the best for Ramdim

  • POSTED BY Bolt77 on | May 11, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    The captain is sacked and the coach is kept... Interesting... Anyway, I do not think that Sammy merited a test spot in the WI team. However, in all honesty, who has in recent times?... You cannot name 11 people - especially if you look at the eleven that played in NZ a few months ago. Performances in our first class competition (especially by batsmen) are poor to mediocre at best. So the overall quality of our cricket (pitches, administration and officiating included) is the problem. The sooner we realize this and change it, the better. On another note, I have utmost respect for Sammy as an individual. I wish him all the best in the future.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    It would be a great shame for any cricket fans or analysts to explain that Sammy isn't that great for tests. His dedication and efforts needed in test cricket is nothing less than any other renowned test cricketers. Quite some leadership for a reasonably filled team Sammy has always been attracting the fans. Good player I rate him and will be missed <Surely>

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    WI cricket has been the the center of discussion for the longest while.We have fallen to an all times low. When Sammy came to the scene a few years or so ago,I was not really impressed. Players came and go,not with great impression.Sammy in the mean time,even not the greatest of players,has shown great character.This is a guy that has given his heart to cricket and has become popular through out the world.He is honest,full of humor,and is loved by everyone.It is sad to see him go,he will be long remembered as a gentleman.I wish him all the best and look forward to see him in the other formats.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    He's a best T20 captain for West Indies

  • POSTED BY archibalbinbusassolin on | May 11, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    This is a change that is late in coming. The choice of Ramdin is not in the best interest of WI cricket. However, I will wait and c if I am correct, giving the benefit of the doubt to the board. The entire WI team needs better off the feild leadership. What they need is discipline, enforced behavioral rules, time adherence curfews, and most importantly "how to win seminars" by a qualified person. The players must starting thinking as a worker, going to a job and not to a stadium for fun. Theboad must iInstitute and bonus, penalty structure based on performance results, per written and published. In most private and even the public sectors, bonuses are given out for top and successfully performances, not to those who under perform. The board management, themselves should take courses in "MANAGEMENT" if WI wants to be a team of any kind of ranking again.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    Sammy's game never suited test cricket in the traditional way. I'm talking about his batting, but I always enjoyed watching him bat anyway. I am not disappointed with this. It can give a more quality test batsman the chance to play. But as others have said, it gives sammy a chance to focus on the type of game that he is best at. 50 and 20 over cricket. It is strange but Sammy is one of the few players who play better for his National side than in IPL.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 10, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    I wish people would stop mentioning Dwayne Bravo. His record is average and he has not played a First Class game for 2 years. He should not be within 100 miles of the Test XI. Even Pollard has shown more commitment. People fail to realise that while the exclusion of Sammy will add balance, the batting will be weaker for not having him at 8. So don't expect scores to get any better.

  • POSTED BY Twinkie on | May 10, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Thank you, Darren Sammy for a valiant effort. You did your best and that's all we could ask. Let's hope your many admirable character traits have rubbed off on our new captain. We live in hope that the deep-rooted problems in Windies cricket will gradually be addressed at all levels. Players, administrators fans, we are all in this together. Let's support one another and listen to one another. Put aside your egos administrators and look at the bigger picture. Without the players there would be no need for administrators. Players, put away your egos because without the fans there would be no need for you. Fans, let us put aside our insularity and support all our players through the bad times even as we keep them grounded with constructive criticism. Do we really want to be the laughing stock of the cricket world forever? We know that this is more than just cricket. You have the power to lift our spirits and energise us for life. Rally round the West Indies,now and forever!

  • POSTED BY cricanm on | May 10, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    I think its good decision from sammy, he is a excellent player of T20, and good player of odi, but doesn't deserve for test, he was in the test team bcz of he was d captain, but he can b very dangerous in limited overs game, all d best sammy 4 odi nd t20.

  • POSTED BY RRsXI on | May 10, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Mark my word, Sammy you will be missed and WI you will realize..!!

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | May 10, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    Sammy you will never be a legend nor a great playa. However, you adorned the field when you played. You are the epitome of good cricketing manners and class and those of us privileged to watch you will remember you with great fondness and respect. Good luck and good fortune in T20 and other shorter formats of cricket, St. Lucia's favourite son.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    A truly committed West Indian cricketer. Never appreciated by the fans despite having a much better record as captain than most of the modern day captains. The WI will not win now because he is not captain or in the team. Ramdin should never have been selected captain. It should have been Dwayne Bravo. But we will see. WI ned a good opening pair because lets face it Gayle is at almost the end and they need to start looking at the future now, so too Samuels who is not performing. Once Chanderpaul goes, thats it as far as a rock is concerned. So all this talk about Sammy is pointless when the problems are all over. But this is my team, win, loose or draw.

  • POSTED BY Westcountryman on | May 10, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    From the proverbial million miles away, this is a sad story. Darren Sammy has always impressed me very much, and it seems very likely that his honesty, diplomacy, intelligence and integrity will be much missed - and he wasn't by any means an inadequate test cricketer (in the top few slip fielders in the world, as is sometimes forgotten). I should have thought retiring from tests was pretty much the only viable option for a proud and dignified man who had, let's face it, been sacked. Interesting that WI too no longer seem bothered about overburdening a wicketkeeper-batsman captain.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Light up the T20 and ODI now Sammy; your best time is to shine now.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    I most greatly respect sammy for his hardwork, its sad to see he hasent performed so well but he loved wi cricket denesh ramdin best of luck and no one should criticise ramdin u kno y because he has averaged over 44 since his return and has been scoring runs in limited overs cricket. the selectors should be blamed if they select dj bravo it shows they dnt deserve to b selectors, when last has bravo played a full season of first class cricket and he jus ecpects to come back and play test cricket sayin he is disappointed if ur not playing enough fc cricket how will you be in a eleven they need to stop picking out of form players kraig brathwaiite is ine of.the best young batsman in the carribean no one is more composed than him develop powell some more, leon johnson Jonathan carter asad fudadin work hard with them the new developing players need to be worked on such as jermaine blackwood he was this years leading scorer in the first class competition and he is about 21

  • POSTED BY sheru-sher on | May 10, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    That is best move by Sammy as he made team unbalanced. He is not gifted player and could only slog sometimes succesfully or get lucky wickets with lollipop bowling. How he was captain so long is a mystery.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    I'm never sure how the WICB operates. How they took away Sammy's captaincy of the ODI team is still a mystery. At that time they should have relieved him of the test captaincy and keep him for ODI and T20. Now we have typical WICB confusion!!! Three captains for the three formats!!! What Next?

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Sammy I honestly feel your irritation, but smile and be humble. I like every bone in you and the heart and guts you possessed. I believe though that you are the best captain the west Indies needed during your tenure. But for now I honestly believe is your time to give test cricket a break and follow the likes of Gayle in the T20 cash flow. Focus on your game and retake what you deserved dear Sammy.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | May 10, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Yes Sammy is a great competitor but I think this was coming and for a while now. I dont see Sammy holding a place in the test side and hasnt really done a lot to warrant continued selection in the test team. I think in limited overs cricket he would be a certain selection but he has never been up to the test mark and the Windies need to move on.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    You ability as a test batsman or bowler may be questioned but very few had your heart and your love of the maroon. Those who question your choice as captain is often hard pressed to give an alternative, often ignoring that fact that those who may be mentioned were more interested in chasing the T20 dollars. Ramdin deserves to be captain base on his performances over the past two years. While Dwayne Bravo is a definite selection in the one day team, he has done nothing over the past two years to indicate he is a test player. Give Gayle his 100th test, and then he can retire, and based on his performances of the past year, he is nowhere near the Chris Gayle we need for any of the formats. Looking forward to seeing some of the youngsters such as Ambris, Blackwood, Lesporis, Thomas etc., and hopefully we will see a few fast bowlers who are worthy of a serious mention

  • POSTED BY Playfair on | May 10, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Poor decision by the WICB !!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Only a blind person did not see that coming. The decision was long time in the making. We all know the issues and the never ending division and insularities with our cricket. The crab in a box mentality always present its ugly head and in my opinion that's why our cricket is where it is. The more things change the more it remains the same. Granted Sammy is not bigger than the game as some others demonstrated and put themselves first while making their millions. And the voices of reason almost wage war to have them reinstated into the team the signs and signals were there and Sammy God bless his soul tried very hard to keep those egomanias in check. It might be a blessing for Sammy cause we will see the deck of cards come crashing. Remember the stone that the builder refused will be come the Head corner stone". They cannot keep a Good man down. There is more to come remember I said it! A house divided amongst it self will not stand. That's West Indies cricket. Good luck to Sammy.

  • POSTED BY Ashnal on | May 10, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Sammy's dedication to WI cricket cannot be questioned. He was not the best test captain; not because of his tactical ability or leadership, but there were much better all-rounders that should have been in the Test side over Sammy. He was asked to do a job at a very fragile time in WI cricket and did it at the best of his ability.

    The problem was that WICB kept him as test captain too long and a transition should have been done much sooner. I think it was the WICB way of saying thanks when others refuses the central contacts and some were in and out of the side. Ramdin held both the vice and captain positions before and was dropped because of his inconsistencies.

    I have said on many occasions that Sammy is more suited to play T20s and ODI, and he is still a very good player in those formats. The problem in WI cricket is much deeper that the captain. WI have great talents but with poor tactical skills, lack of strong mental ability and understanding to win games. Cheers to Sammy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    It came as a shock but he probably remembered what happened after the ODI captaincy was taken away from him: the very next ODI he was dropped. Anyone who is a true follower of west indies cricket (not 'bits and pieces followers) will understand that changing the captain is not going to change the fortunes of the team if the supporting cast is the same. WI people seem to conveniently forget that the WI fell away badly from the mid 90's and up until 2012 had won nothing(barring the champions trophy). As Tony cozier said the WI captain's position is like a poison chalice. Nobody want's it. Very few WI players could make the lineup of the first 5 test teams in the rankings. Shiv C,perhaps DM Bravo, Ramdin as a keeper and R. Rampaul as a bowler. Understand WI cricket's current situation. When the team lost it was always Sammy's fault. At least He wont be blamed now whenever the test team loses.

  • POSTED BY fayyaz03 on | May 10, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    The way things are going, West Indies might lose their test status by the next decade. But off course! This can only happen if test cricket survives by that time.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    People have very short memories so I shall remind them.What caused us to win the 20/20 world cup in 2012.The main reason was the four trinidadian players namely Dawyne Bravo,Rampaul, Badre and Narine who restrict and dismiss batsmen together with Samuels and a lesser extent Gayle and Pollard and Sammy gets the arcolade being the captain.The six test matches West Indies won were teams like New Zealand which have matured a lot since those defeats,Zimbabwe and bangladesh with little or no contribution from the captain.Ramdin bashers you did so when his batting was dismal and since then he has corrected same ,his wicket keeping abilty is unquestionable ever since his youth days and his cptaincy acumens was never in doubt. With the responsibilities as captain he has a proven track record to excel.People give the guy a chance to take west indies cricket to the top three positions in international cricket in all format.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    best decision he ever make///go westindies

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    Most of the talented players are retiring from test cricket because of the shorter format of the game and the IPL.The BCCI for the betterment of cricket must put a condition that those who are not picked up for their own country can not participate in the IPL. West Indies players are talented but not focused and they need a coach like Kapil Dev or Sunil Gavashkar or Greg Chappell.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Sammy is the best captain for the west indies team for test one day and 20/20

  • POSTED BY WestIndianInDA on | May 10, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Hey I have never been a fan of Sammy as a test cricketer, maybe the time is right to make the change for a home series and build from there. All this talk about what he did and brought team together was part of his job, he got PAID....being just a good leader or ambassador is not good enough to win series against top place teams. I wish Sammy well in his future, retiring from test is in his best interest because I don't see him commanding a pick if he is not captain.

  • POSTED BY glynowens on | May 10, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Darren Sammy over the years has received much criticism from many people, fans and ex-players about his ability to play at the top level. He may not go down as a legendary West Indian player (not many will in the current set-up). But he did, in my opinion played to the best of his ability and always with big big smile on his face. Which must have been difficult considering the high expectations demanded from the islands. I hope Darren continues to play for the Windwards and maybe we might see him in 20/20 IPL?? Good luck Darren for the future.

  • POSTED BY flickspin on | May 10, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    i liked the way sammy played,he was a entertainer

    the west indies should in the future put 2 spinners in the side,

    the west indies has the greatest depth in spin bowling anywhere in the world, even better than india

    the west indies have 5-6 quality spinners, narine,badree,bishoo,miller,benn and shillingford

    they need a stock bowler (im not sure if dwayne bravo is a stock bowler) who can bowl 9-10 over spells

    and 2 tear away fast bowlers who bowl 5-6 over spells.

    thats 5 bowlers, maybe 1 tear away fast bowler 1 stock bowler and 2 spinners thats 4 bowlers or 2 tear away fast bowlers & 2 spinners thats 4 bowlers.

    i strongly believe the west indies need 2 spinners.

    my west indies team is 1 gayle, 2 braithwaite,3 darren bravo,4 m samuels,5 s chanderpaul, 6 dwayne bravo,7 d ramdin, 8 s narine, 9 s badree, 10 k roach, 11 j taylor

    i wish the west indies all the best and hope they start winning.

    the west indies had a 2-2 draw vs australia in 1999 which people forget about

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Hey Sammy praisers you all are doing the man an injustice.He does not posess the cricketing skills as a test player nor as a captain.During any test,ODI's or IT20 matches, the commetators continuely mention his may mistakes that cost us matches As a batsman his main talent is hitting the ball hard which does not require much skills only power and with the types of bats available when he mistimes or is beaten in flight or pace the ball goes for a boundary or near to it,as a bowler a medicore one at that.Statistics does not lie infact it paints a true picture.As or those wo supports him as evidence by the mails submitted to this article mostly are not west indians and the reason is clear that as long as he is captain there is an inbalance which makes it easier for them to win matches.West Indies have not carry four genuine bowlers as all international teams do in order to capture twenty wickets to win matches, put increase pressure on the three strike bowers,so think before you commen.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    After the pits of the captaincy of Lara and Richardson and the WICB.v.player matches, Darren Sammy stepped into the breach and brought some respectability and consistency to the WI team. He even led the temperamental prima donnas without let it affect the team spirit.

    HE DESERVES BETTER.

    OK

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Sammy has done what no other west indies captain has done won six test series in a row we see what happens with ramdin

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    I agree with CPIERRE.... nobody acknowledges the good that he has done for WI cricket but one failure and they all want him to resign cuz he is not capable as a captain. Sammy did his best and still continue to do his best n he will prosper in his career regardless of what critics say. All you gus seem to talk is trash abt Sammy and put anyone of u in his place n u cant even set a damn cricket field properly.....Bravo isnt suited for a captain n neither is Ramdin. Because he has been inand out of the WI team for the longest while so idk what the WICB is trying to do. But i think they are trying to destroy WI cricket instead of letting it flourish

  • POSTED BY ketaann on | May 10, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    The only highlight of Sammy's test career is that, he will be always remember as a player who took catch to dismiss tendulkar in his last inning...it is not a big blow..he is not born to play test cricket..bravo should get chance

  • POSTED BY inot on | May 10, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    The fact remains that Sammy is not a capable test player and should not have been captain of the Test team. His decision to retire from test cricket is really academic because he was only in the team because he was captain. Without the captaincy, his test career was over and his "retirement" is just a face saving exercise. The real surprise is that it took Sammy and the WICB so long to realise and accept what was so obvious to cricket lovers and commentators around the world.

  • POSTED BY CPierre on | May 10, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    I have a question and it goes like this; can anyone list during the period any consistent performers on the WI team during Sammy's rein as captain? The focus has always been on Sammy and it is shameful when all the information suggest lack of unity and players thinking distinguishing themselves as individuals first and maybe somewhere the team comes after. After reading most of the comments the one ingredient that stuck in my head Sammy possess that the team needs is putting team ahead of self. I am proud to call myself a Windward Islander as Sammy because we build rather than destroy as is evident when most of the players from bigger territories do. Darren, if you read this comment note that, sometimes loosing is winning. You have won the hearts of many is just unfortunate the voices of detractors always seem to cover that of people who appreciate your work, because as a people we gravitate easier to negative issues better. Ramdin, best of luck but your love will be short live.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    A great and humble character, a perfect ambassador of the current happy-go-lucky nature of the WI team. He is a good leader. Should be given the reins in ODI cricket. He is a game changer in limited overs cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    I think he make the right decision. because he know he is not suited for test cricket and he knows that not much longer he will be axed from the team. so he etired first. wise move. Bravo is a much better no. 8 batsman and a better bowler maybe a better captain but the selector just kept ignoring him for some unknown reason. we are yet to see the best of him in odi an t20s now that he have the time to concentrate. for the sake of his fan he should have quit after the series in west indies.good luck to Darren sammy in de future

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    the player I never liked, may be 'coz I expected him to be genuine fast bowler when first saw him playing. He plays like a club boy hitting sixes around for some 2-3 overs & still they made him captain. Actually being captain he should have led his team to old glory in teat cricket rather he preferred to be T20 specialist & in tests his mentality was like I don't want to play really but I'm forced to. How can you name such a player as test captain. In ODIs too, situation is same. Never got what's his role in team? still being very entertainer of non-cricketing crowd like T20s he proved his worth to some extent.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    the player I never liked, may be 'coz I expected him to be genuine fast bowler when first saw him playing. He plays like a club boy hitting sixes around for some 2-3 overs & still they made him captain. Actually being captain he should have led his team to old glory in teat cricket rather he preferred to be T20 specialist & in tests his mentality was like I don't want to play really but I'm forced to. How can you name such a player as test captain. In ODIs too, situation is same. Never got what's his role in team? still being very entertainer of non-cricketing crowd like T20s he proved his worth to some extent.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    I have seen over the years in west Indies how poor judgment and favouritism of certain players have affected the standard of west Indies cricket , this is a typical example.good luck Sammy you deserve better.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    for those who think that sammy is "the" best all rounder for test cricket for the West Indies i beg to differ. Sammy batting avg-21.68, bowling avg-35.79 100's-1 50's-5 5wkt haul-4. Bravo batting avg-31.42, bowling avg-39.83 100's-3 50's-13 5wkt haul-2. So Bravo hasn't played since 2011 but his batting is better than sammy, but they deemed bravo a limited overs person and said that he and sammy can't be on the same test team, but look how well they play in the different format. open your eyes wicb. Congrats to my countryman "Shotta" make us proud.

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta2 on | May 10, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Sammy has realised that the writing was in the wall. Rather than suffer the indignity of being dropped as a player, because he is no longer an automatic pick as captain, he retired. Everyone can go on and on about integrity, dignity and good captaincy, but he has caused such imbalance in the Test team, that WI could never hope to beat anyone other than Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and NZ with him at the helm. I am glad to see this positive change with Ramdin and I am hoping that others who feel their place is safe because of historical exploits are also given a shake up. We need to move on and get back to basics of picking specialists, 6 batsmen, 1 keeper and 4 bowlers. Sammy was not Test quality and with him the bowling attack lacked teeth and Test all-rounder he was certainly not. WI cannot afford to carry bits and pieces players in Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    its a sad day in West indies cricket

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Well loved by the majority of West Indians. Very wise when speaking to the media. Was he instructed to retire before being dropped?Could have waited to see what the selectors would do. Can still make a living f rom cricket for a very long time.

  • POSTED BY Principle on | May 10, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Sammy is an extremely mentally tough player, therefore there must have been something that happened behind the scenes. He was one of those rare individuals who put WI first and he must be commended for that. In my opinion he was the batman of the justice league because he had no superpowers but he made full use of his brain and heart. Sammy you will be missed.

  • POSTED BY Rahulthevirufan on | May 10, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Yeah Sammy was an honest player and did well to unite the team but honestly of late he became more of a blockage than an inspiring leader. Had he made himself a batsman capable enuff for No.6 dan he could have been an integral member providing a 5th bowling option but with his batting level in test cricket he was suited for No.8 and needed to be a matchwinner with the bowl which he wasn't. At least now WI will be able to field dere best XI and a bowling attack capable of picking 20 wickets. Also you look at Dhoni, he might not be best batsman in Test cricket esplly away but he is very good in Keeping and plus he is best that India has for Keeper batsman but in WI case there are many better No.8 bowlers or even allrounders like bravo and pollard for Test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    The best limited overs skipper Westindies has produced even I ll rate him a better skipper than LARA.

    In test matches, he was not a job fit person, his style of batting is only good in Limited over games and he is good enough to extrude out 6,7 overs in between the non power play overs economically.

    He should be prefered over BRAVO as a skipper in t20s and odis.

  • POSTED BY nikhil_tawde on | May 10, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    bad decision by wicb. he kept players together. ramdin is not a good man like sammy. i think was waiting for this to happen so he concentrate on odis and ipl.

  • POSTED BY crazyguru on | May 10, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    I did not know why he was in team till now. Probably he was the best available captain. Anyway west indies fill the vacancy with a proper test criceter. I think they should play with three proper fast bowlers now.

  • POSTED BY fairfan70 on | May 10, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Even with his modest record in Test Cricket, he was a worthy captain of WI. He led WI with dignity, passion and fair play. He is an excellent limited overs player. Sad to see him retiring from Test Cricket. He is an eminently watchable player in IPL. The love and passion for cricket he demonstrates on the field is a joy to the spectators.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    I agree with Mark Roberts, Sammy may not have been a good batsman or a bowler, however, did manage to captain a handicapped team well. Having said all of the above, he should not have taken the board decision to this extent though

  • POSTED BY Puffin on | May 10, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    It's sad to see him in this plight: he set his sights high and did his best but, was held back by the usual WI failings. I can't see any new captain doing better these days. Good luck to Ramdin.

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | May 10, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    This is surprising since the Windies have not had stability for some time. Sammy provided that cool head that was required. What is more disturbing and surprising is the appointment of Ramdin. Ramdin is only making up the numbers and is grossly over rated. His wicket keeping skills is moderate and not exceptional. The way he had handled himself re Sir Viv Richards not when he scored a hundred showed that he does not possess captaincy credentials. You can only do well with a team that you have. Sammy was captaincy material and it shows how he has done well in the T20 and the ODI. Man management was his forte. The WICB have never surprised me. So this should not come as a shock to be say the least looking back. Philip Gnana, Surrey.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Darren Sammy did not read the situation correctly. Though he was neither Brearley nor Irman Khan, he could have learnt from both. When appointed captain, he was in a Brearley like situation. Whereas Brearley himself was often outshone by his more illustrious teammates, at times he opted to be in the front e.g. WC 79 finals. But in case of Sammy, batting too low and bowling mainly as a stock bowler did not help himself or his team. He left too much to be done by his more talented team mates. Though he was not a bowler in Imran's league, he was not as bad as his figures show. testimony to this is his 7-66 at Old Trafford. In batting too, he could have had much needed calming influence from no. 5 or 6. Instead Sammy chose to be more laidback. Even with this, his captaincy skills could be noted. I wonder if he was not advised by the coach/selectors/ex-players or he ignored it or nobody thought of this. Whatever it was, sad end to test career of an inborn leader and more than useful all-ro

  • POSTED BY LeicesterNick on | May 10, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Thank you Darren. A difficult job and you've helped improve both the spirit and the potential of the Test team. You leave WI test cricket in better shape than when you were handed the captaincy.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 10, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Personally I feel it's sad. As I have always pointed out I feel that Sammy is underappreciated and is one of the last of the true characters of the modern game. For me he leads by example and I will miss him on the field.

    Time will tell whether Ramdin will be a better captain. To me it seems that many of their more capable players are less than bothered about test cricket and if that's not sorted out then I don't see much improvement

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | May 10, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Sammy is a half batsman and half bowler , he doesn't belongs to the Test team , im surprised they kept him in the team this long

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Darren Sammy's leadership was dignified and competent. He made the best of the limited resources available to him and captained with great skill. There may be doubt that his skills were at test level but his captaincy was high quality (see Mike Brearley of England). The West Indies board have seen fit to replace this dignified man with the man who was suspended for two games for claiming a catch that he dropped. Let's hope some of Sammy's integrity has rubbed off.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    A sad loss to Test cricket Sammy has proved a very good servant to WI test cricket. Sammy has made a hasty decision to quit test cricket and maybe the board should have had more discussions with him regarding his place after the captaincy. Who knows, the pressure of not being captain would have improved his cricket, as it has happened in the case of Chris Gale. Sammy still remains the best all-rounder in test cricket for WI and remains at no. 10 on the ICC list, the best for a WI player in test cricket. In today's you must have good allrounders for the captain to turn to so that strike bowlers can be given a rest. This overall bad man management by the WICB.

    Let me take the opportunity to congratulate Ramdin on his appointment as test captain, but this comes witha warning as he will face the same difficulties all past WI test captains have had; support from the WICB. Let's see what happens with England on tourin June. Go for it guys, as changes are inevitable in life.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    I usually write less on cricinfo comments section... but writes only when something happened that should not happen.. Sammy a great fighter, a great captain, a great human on field, a great character.. i always say WI team is Brazil of cricket and their cricketers are great to watch. Sammy i shall miss you a lot in test cricket !!

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | May 10, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    I think the WI cricket punched above their weight due to Sammy's exceptional leadership qualities.. He may have too many critics in West Indies.. But they have to accept the fact that people around the globe took notice of WI cricket only after he took over captaincy.. He did a decent job with a mix of rookie players and non-performing seniors... I think Sammy's troubles started after T20 victory in 2012.. too many people taking credit for the victory.. I think sacking him as ODI captain last year and now test captain is a planned move to dissolve him from the team.. After taking WI in the right direction, I think Gibson is moving them fast towards self destruction..

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    The West Indies should pick the best XI first, and then pick the captain from that XI. Sammy would never make the Test team on that basis. Ramdin continually bats better than the other keepers in the region, and therefore earns his place in the Test team. As long as Sammy was a part of the Test team, the WI could never field their best bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    If the WICB thinks that their fortunes will change with a new captain, then I can confidently say that they're mistaken. A good captain can help his team make the most of themselves, but when you're struggling in all departments, one individual's leadership cannot make that much of a difference. WI have not produced a genuine world class batsman after Chanderpaul - Sarwan was very good at one stage of his career, but he's totally lost his form; Gayle was never a great Test player. The pace attack is moderate with the likes of Rampaul, Roach, Edwards, Best, Cottrell, etc. Narine has done a fantastic job in Limited-Overs Cricket but has hardly been impressive in Tests. Unless the Windies find a solid set of batsmen and bowlers, their performance will almost certainly remain ordinary.

  • POSTED BY Keshavaram on | May 10, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    One of the greatest al rounder WI has produced. Batting @ No.7 he has done a good job for WI. It is really shoking that he has been sacked as the test captain.He should not have made hasty decision to retire fro test cricket. Must have continued probably he would have got the test captaincy back.All the best for his future.

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | May 10, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Anyone - apart from West Indian fans obviously - could see that Darren Sammy was a brilliant captain. His captaincy wasn't given his due. Far easier to blame him than blame the motivation of West Indian cricketers who got diverted by easy money in the IPL and other t20 circuses. Until the West Indians falls back in love with cricket there won't be a solution. But the lure of t20 and easy money will fade. It can't replace the genuine satisfaction of playing Test cricket and 50 over cricket. A new generation of West Indian cricketers will turn to the longer forms. Fashions go in cycles. Money won't be as fashionable as pride, status and skill.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    @ Maui3 it was the average of all those Indian bowlers after 400 , 300 or 200 wickets. And that too after bowling half their career in the most inhospitable pitches in the world. Learn something about cricket before you comment.

    Salute to Darren Sammy. With all his limitations, he led with dignity and a constant smile on his face. Wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    I wish o extend to the former captain Darren Sammy all the best and to add that he did what was expected taking into consideration all the limitations he has.Just for the record Sammy played in 38 tests with a battibg average of 21.68 and a top score of 105 and 5 half centuries. His bowling figures are 84 wickets at an average of 35.79 at a rate of 2.2 wickets per match.He has also played im 111 ODIs,52 it20,and 96 F.C. matches having a batting averag f 24.21, 17.14, and 23.81 with bowling averages of 44.96,22.90 and 29.08 respectively.I hope this put an end to all the guessings being made and once again thank you and all the best to you and your family with you future endeavours

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 10, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    I think the board placed unreasonable expectations on Sammy when he hadn't proved his place in the side. He did quite well in the circumstances but 20/20 is really his forte where he can have an explosive impact.

  • POSTED BY Riddymon on | May 10, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    So many people have stated that he made the test side unbalanced and he wasn't good enough. If you think that his retirement from test cricket is going to make any difference....when the constant drubbings continue with a new "balanced team", I'll wait to see who they place the blame on this time. He was never the issue...with a brittle, inconsistent top order....and constantly not fielding two experienced quality strike bowlers due to constant injury and reliable all-rounders, this team will never be competitive. His batting has vastly improved and he never was a huge wicket taking bowler...his role has always been containment and that's what he was good at. Let your other aggressive bowlers take wickets while he keeps it tight at the other end. Disappointed that he's retired now from Tests as he is hands down my favorite west indies cricketer but now we shall see if he gets screwed out of ODIs as well.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Atlast Ramdin is given the opportunity he deserves.Since he captained the under nineteen in the youth world cup,the pundits did then acclaimed that he has great acumen and potential as a future West Indies captain.He has done well for Trinidad and Tobago and also on the few occasions he has captained the WI team in ODI.He is currently the most accomplish wicket keeper/batsman in the Caribbean and is comparable to all keepers in world cricket with the exceptions of DeVillas who is primarly a batsman and Sakarara.so instead of writing crap let's support him to take our test side to another level.Former West Indies great wickwt keeper Dyreck Murray has openly stated today thatRamdin should be appointed as captqin in all formats of the games.

  • POSTED BY saifkhanBD on | May 10, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    Being a fan of WI cricket since the days of Brian Lara and Ambrose, I hope, this experiment works. WI are an important member in world cricket and most cricket fans, enjoy watching them play. I just wish, there were some consistency in team selection, as every year, there seems to be new players coming and going from the side. So many talented players have disappeared due to mismanagement, injury etc.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    The WI problem started when the had to start poducing players rather than waiting for them to fall from the trees. The system of producing new talent or keeping those which arrive by virtue of one of the regional development system only seem to send them in reverse. Since Clive Lloyd's retirement emphasis has shifted from a strong leader who can bat or bowl to a player who may be a good batsman or bowler but lacks leadership both of himself and others. There must be a strong top order and bowlung quartet backed up by strong leader and a good keeper. How does the current WI squad compare against Aus? How does it compare against NI?

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | May 10, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    good riddance. While Sammy is a gem in limited over cricket,he was a burden in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    My crusade for the sacking of Sammy who was a passenger in the Test Team has finally paid off. MY advocacy for Ramdin as test captain has also bear fruit and at the least the WICB listen to my comments. I do hope that Gibson and Butts will soon follow Sammy to the history books of WI Cricket. I would now suggest that the Selectors will now invest in young players and have a collection of 25 players each in each format of the game, there should be T20 specialist , 50 overs specialist and test specialist . There should also be 3 keepers .

  • POSTED BY Maui3 on | May 10, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    "modest record with both bat and ball, claiming 27 wickets at 27.74 while maintaining a batting average of 19.40 with high score of 48 in 15 innings." Ouchie Ouch!!! That's a slap in the face to all bowlers India has ever produced! From Kapil, Zaheer, Srinath, Nissar, Amersingh, Bedi, Prasanna, Chandrashekar, Vinoo Mankad to Gupte. They all averaged worse bowling Average than that.

    I think you meant to say, wickets per test was poor for a regular 4th bowler. No?

  • POSTED BY Starvybz on | May 10, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    so what if west indies keep failing what are the selectors going drop players and keep ruining careers they sent an inexperienced coterrel to india and expected him to work magic an when the bowler friendly conditions were available they selected tino best and shannon gabriel the two worst bowlers in the caribbean and i dont care how many wickets he got in the regional u can be a genius in first class matches and fail internationally just ask devon smith. Poor Jason holder i doubt he will even see a test match the way the selectors are going, whilst they seem to hate rampaul, and are inable to manage roach as he is constantly injured. So i would like to know dear selectors and wicb management when are you going to get dropped when are you going to retire.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Darren Bravo could have been a better choice then Ramdin.

  • POSTED BY RJS1384 on | May 10, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    DARREN SAMMY is the most respectable, honest and persistent player on the West Indies team. It's a shame all you critics speak so low of him. I am sure none of you can pick up a bat and ball, go out there and perform. We will miss you Darren. You did a wonderful job at your position. Don't worry about the demise, you will be stronger my brother.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    'Not that I love Caesar less; but I love Rome more". Sounds equally dubious this decision of WICB to replace Sammy with Ramdin. True, Sammy the player is no great shake but is Ramdin a better alternative? The problem with WI cricket is much more deep rooted than that can be solved by switching skippers. Darren Sammy had perhaps done what he could - unify a bunch of individuals into a modestly performing team who could occasionally punch above their combined weight. Not everybody can be a great all rounder like Garry Sobers but Sammy the skipper had done what he could and I hope the fans of WI cricket acknowledge his role and contribution. Farewell Sammy, in ODI and the bashball T20 and in life after Test cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Sammy now knows what Carl Hooper felt like!

  • POSTED BY WalkingWicket11 on | May 10, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    "Yeah Viv, Talk Nah?" LOL.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Sammy is a team leader which others r not.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Sammy was a good captain and team player .He led the team at a harsh time .Recently WI cricket has looked great but primarily in the shorter formats .They have too many short format specialists .Cant some of the so many greats of the game from WI take over WICB and sack gibson .Or otherwise cant they do something about the pitches .Kemar Roach has dissapeared and already they have lesser bowlers of his type .Maybe none .Its a pity to see pollard bowling those 120 K dibbly dobblies when his physique suggests he could crank it up at 140 .WI young seamers are good but they will not get a chance .IMO batsmen like smith and pollard may need to tweek their games a bit but they have shown that they can bat sensibly in IPL .They could be considered for tests .But if there are more deserving players for selection based on 4 day form they should be given the nod.

  • POSTED BY openbat04 on | May 10, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Darren sammy is a fantastic talent and leader but he can't hold his place on the test team, he's taking the spot of someone who can be more useful, ramdin is an excellent captain for trinidad hope he can be the same for wi

  • POSTED BY DocBindra on | May 10, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    ABOUT TIME...why and how he lasted this long in TESTS is beyond me.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    he can leave with his head held high... in west Indies I don't think there are many guys who were better than him.... what about ramdin? he s as good or as bad as Sammy with the bat!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Changing the captaincy is not the problem. It is the poor selection, and inconsistency of some of the players. I believe the players needs to participate in some rigorous training. Also when some of the same batsmen playing the T/20 or one day match, they appear to have some problems adjusting to test cricket. They need to be disciplined enough not to follow loose balls in test match. Finally our Test players needs to practice batting spin bowling. Some of them are weak with this.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    Should Gibson be far behind?

  • POSTED BY suniljoseph on | May 10, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Sammy I would always love you as a test cricketer because you led the West Indies at a time when nothing was in order. You are a real gem. In T 20 I think if you bat a little up the order you are not less than Gayle and Pollard. Salute you Sammy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    wrong decision WICB... you all going to miss a great player...

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Seems like a bit of a dummy spit, bit of a chase T20 money decision from Sammy. Rather sad really, but no great loss to the WI team as a player. Good tail end batsman, good part time bowler but not good enough at either to hold his spot.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | May 10, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    I am an Indian fan from NY. I think Darren Sammy is a highly undervalued, under-rated cricketer. Fine person too. Love the way he plays cricket and wears his heart on his sleeve. Cricket will be the poorer for his retirement. Glad he is still around for T20s and ODIs, though.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    well done West Indie Cricket" You done it Again huh wow i wonder what worst can this west indies cricket team/ board get next is going to be his T 20 captaincy well my boy you still my favourite cricketer since Ian Bishop wish you God Bless

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    All the best Sammy. You served West Indies cricket well!

  • POSTED BY aclarity on | May 10, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Sammy's reign was helpful to WI cricket and it is a pity that he had to be fired before he retired. Sammy should have retired after the NZ tour 4 months ago. After NZ, a self-evaluation should have made him tender his resignation. Recently, Strauss, Pontng and Smith all quit gracefully but Sammy had to be shown the door. Gayle, Samuels, Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo need to do the same reflection rather than express embedded rights as WI players. One must know when to quit and save the embarrassment of Go!! And Now!! By the way, is Gibson teflon?

  • POSTED BY gcblackcapsfan on | May 10, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    more upheaval for W.I. cricket. Sammy shouldn't be held fully responsible for W.I. performances lately. The board needs to understand Your team will only be as good as the players you have available at your disposal. wonder how long Ramdin will last?

  • POSTED BY LisaDun on | May 10, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Not sure what Sammy gets by making this announcement at age 30.

  • POSTED BY dappasnappa533 on | May 10, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    this is a classic case of the west indies shooting itself in the foot. denesh ramdin is the worst possible alternative. Sammy fought and led this team well. earlier this year west indies were looking for a wicket keeper batsman. now we have made WHO our captain??????? god help us all

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Strange for him to announce his retirement from test cricket just hours after being sacked as West Indies test captain. Very strange indeed.

  • POSTED BY ShutTheGate on | May 10, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    Seems like Sammy has sour grapes.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    Darren Sammy is not a test player, he has made the right decision to retire from Test Cricket. This is not a knee-jerk reaction, it is simply logic and common sense that administrators got it all wrong by installing an allrounder with a modest record into the captaincy in the first place. The Windies have always been languishing in the bottom and it is a good time for a change in leadership to bring WI forward. Perhaps this would mean Dwayne Bravo returning to the test side since they don't have an allrounder, he'll strengthen the batting and provide support for the strike bowlers. Pitty WI never seem to play as a unit. They'll earn more money by playing T20 competitions.

  • POSTED BY Starvybz on | May 10, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    There goes a damn good slip fielder

  • POSTED BY Breakspear on | May 10, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Childish behaviour. You don't see every player quitting after a sacking, they just try to get better at their game and earn their spot back.

  • POSTED BY WindiesWillow on | May 10, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    Well done Darren, you served us proudly. Hope you enjoy the rest of your cricket in WI colours.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    Sammy did his best. We must thank him for his efforts to turnaround the fortunes of the Windies....

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    Well played Darren Sammy, history will record you as a great leader.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | May 10, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    Darren Sammy was never a good choice as captain based on his performances. He was always a professional captain, and a fringe player. It is an odd decision to dump him now, considering that his captaincy has remained as good as ever, and considering that, at least in T20s, he is actually playing reasonably well at the moment. But his figures do show that he is not just a fringe player but nowhere near good enough to make the team in any format. But why did it take 6 years for them to figure that out? And why now?

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    This decision smacks of sour grapes on Sammy's part. But never mind, he's a poor test player and its a wonder why he was kept on as captain for so long. Hopefully the West Indies can move forward and not having Sammy in the side means they can play a far more balanced side.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | May 10, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    Sad, but inevitable. T20s, not even ODIs, is where Sammy deserves his place in the side. Change of captains alone will not make any difference to WI fortunes. I don't think Ramdin will bring more better results than what Sammy got. WI needs to fill the team with specialists to make real progress going fwd.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    Best wishes Bro, may your future blossom abundantly.

  • POSTED BY SuperGLS on | May 10, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    Sammy did some good as test captain, but this is the right move. Hell of a player in T20s and that's where he should be happiest.

  • POSTED BY devagupta on | May 10, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    instead of 5 days of single test match, can play 5 ipl games and make more money. why play test cricket. good decision..like malinga done it before

  • POSTED BY Samarian on | May 10, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    The Test Team will do no better under a Ramdin Captaincy.We are clearly returning to the so called "Big Island" politics in our cricket. Chris Gale can FAIL a thousand times and he will not be dropped because he is from Jamaica and the cricket administrators always hope that he will come good "this time"! Sammy brought honour and a fighting spirit to West Indies cricket by his LEADERSHIP and I will miss his contribution and presence. You see, it is only a matter of time until he is stripped of the captaincy of T20, thus completing the plan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Sad to see such a brilliant leader of men is leaving Test cricket on a poor note ! From my perspective , Sammy just has to be the captain of the Test team . When (almost) the same set of players can be world beaters in T20s , why not tests ? Its more a question of mind over matter .

  • POSTED BY Taimor-016 on | May 10, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    After he was removed as the ODI captain, I knew this would happen soon.

    I really feel bad for Sammy here. Honestly, he deserves more respect. I still remember when he took the captaincy when at the time, all the senior players were in ongoing issue with WICB. He took that role at such a young age with a lot of young players. He has faced the critism and he also replied them back superbly with his coolness and calmness. Statistics might now show his performance as a captain but that 20/20 World Cup win will always be remembered. Really proud of him for what he has done for WI cricket (even though, I'm not from WI). Hoping to see him more in ODI's and T20's.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | May 10, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    good decision,he was never a test player to start with but amazing T2020 player.

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | May 10, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    Well, it's about time - Sammy was never cut out for Test cricket and was causing an imbalance in the team by playing as captain. T20 is his thing. He will certainly excel there.

  • POSTED BY rastachippa on | May 10, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    Thanks for your contribution and dedication to West Indies cricket

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    Sammy is an average test player. But a great team mate and a true sportsman. When he took over his main task was to rebuild WI test team which to be fair to him, he succeeded well. An excellent leader of men, Sammy is synonymous with sportsman spirit and vulue- driver cricketer. May his tribe increase!

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 10, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Just because he has lost the captaincy, it doesn't mean he should retire from Test cricket. Where's his fight? Why can't he try to EARN his place in the team through improving himself as a First Class cricketer? Why doesn't he bend his back when he bowls, and try to hit 135 kph, as a man of his stature should? It all seems too hard when you can just float around picking up T20 contracts instead. Sammy lost me when he credited a loss to the Almightys will. Goodbye Sammy.

  • POSTED BY TheZeus on | May 10, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    I hope this isn't a final farewell for our St. Lucian hero....I think the government of St. Lucia should try get him knighted...in my opinion, the only captain to have rekindled the cricket flame in the West Indies since West Indies started their downward spiral in world cricket....hats off to hum...he's at least MY personal cricketing hero....Sir Sammy!!!!

  • POSTED BY ezzyjojo on | May 10, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Nothing saddens me, a faithful lucian believer, more than the news that our favourite son is calling it quits. you have given so much to WI and though many critics questioned your inclusion, we always believed in you. You have made us proud and set a great example to St Lucia Kids. If the WI can find 11 guys with as much heart and determination as you, then WI will rule the world again. We look forward to you setting up WI victories in ODI and t20s. Love you bro

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    way to go Sammy! Lets see who they will blame from here on in for the pathetic state of WI cricket. All the best to you.

  • POSTED BY realthog on | May 10, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    I can't help feeling the WICB may look back on it as a foolish mistake to let Sammy go.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    Interesting to see what the composition of the squad will be. It seemed unbalanced for quite some time. And also, how much will players lean to Tests as opposed to harping on T20 deals. Important factors to address if Ramdin is to have the best posse at his disposal...

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  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    Interesting to see what the composition of the squad will be. It seemed unbalanced for quite some time. And also, how much will players lean to Tests as opposed to harping on T20 deals. Important factors to address if Ramdin is to have the best posse at his disposal...

  • POSTED BY realthog on | May 10, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    I can't help feeling the WICB may look back on it as a foolish mistake to let Sammy go.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    way to go Sammy! Lets see who they will blame from here on in for the pathetic state of WI cricket. All the best to you.

  • POSTED BY ezzyjojo on | May 10, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Nothing saddens me, a faithful lucian believer, more than the news that our favourite son is calling it quits. you have given so much to WI and though many critics questioned your inclusion, we always believed in you. You have made us proud and set a great example to St Lucia Kids. If the WI can find 11 guys with as much heart and determination as you, then WI will rule the world again. We look forward to you setting up WI victories in ODI and t20s. Love you bro

  • POSTED BY TheZeus on | May 10, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    I hope this isn't a final farewell for our St. Lucian hero....I think the government of St. Lucia should try get him knighted...in my opinion, the only captain to have rekindled the cricket flame in the West Indies since West Indies started their downward spiral in world cricket....hats off to hum...he's at least MY personal cricketing hero....Sir Sammy!!!!

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 10, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Just because he has lost the captaincy, it doesn't mean he should retire from Test cricket. Where's his fight? Why can't he try to EARN his place in the team through improving himself as a First Class cricketer? Why doesn't he bend his back when he bowls, and try to hit 135 kph, as a man of his stature should? It all seems too hard when you can just float around picking up T20 contracts instead. Sammy lost me when he credited a loss to the Almightys will. Goodbye Sammy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    Sammy is an average test player. But a great team mate and a true sportsman. When he took over his main task was to rebuild WI test team which to be fair to him, he succeeded well. An excellent leader of men, Sammy is synonymous with sportsman spirit and vulue- driver cricketer. May his tribe increase!

  • POSTED BY rastachippa on | May 10, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    Thanks for your contribution and dedication to West Indies cricket

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | May 10, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    Well, it's about time - Sammy was never cut out for Test cricket and was causing an imbalance in the team by playing as captain. T20 is his thing. He will certainly excel there.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | May 10, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    good decision,he was never a test player to start with but amazing T2020 player.