West Indies news May 11, 2014

'Started pondering Test future after NZ series' - Sammy

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Darren Sammy, the West Indies all-rounder who announced his retirement from Test cricket yesterday, has said his decision wasn't a fallout of his being replaced as captain by wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin.

Sammy, whose decision to call time on his Test career came hours after he was axed as captain, said he had been thinking about it for a long time. "After the New Zealand series [which West Indies lost 2-0] I sat down with the team management and the selectors and then told myself that we cannot continue like this. Probably my career is on the line. I was very serious about it," Sammy told ESPNcricinfo.

"It was a difficult decision. If you have been playing cricket as a kid, all you have been dreaming of is to represent your team in Test cricket and I have been fortunate enough to do it. But I thought it was the right time for me to move on. I feel it's time the West Indies Test team continues to move in a new direction, under a new leader."

Extending his support to Ramdin, who led Trinidad and Tobago into the semifinals of the regional four-day championship, Sammy had a word of advice for him as well. "Denesh has been captaining regional teams with distinction but it (leading West Indies) is a difficult job," he said. "Leading guys who come from different cultural backgrounds and getting the best out of them. I wish him all the best as he tries to the lead West Indies Test cricket forward into a new era."

Despite marking his Test debut with a seven-wicket haul in the second innings at Old Trafford or having been heckled as perhaps the slowest-ever West Indies new-ball bowler, Sammy, the first cricketer from St Lucia to play Test cricket, will be most remembered for having led the West Indies when a player revolt marred Caribbean cricket in 2010.

"When I was asked to lead the team when it was in disarray, it was the most challenging phase for me," Sammy said. "There was no way I could not have accepted the job. To get the bunch to play as a unit, earn their respect and then lead them towards a new direction has been a memorable journey. From what I have contributed, I hope I have done my bit and it's time for somebody else to carry on."

Sammy, who has had a moderate run in the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad this year, stressed that his best as a limited-overs cricketer was yet to come. "I am sure we all have a part to play to take West Indies cricket forward in whichever format we are playing in," Sammy said. "I am pretty much available in one-day and T20 cricket and hope my services will be utilised. I have my best years of cricket ahead of me and look forward to contributing to West Indies cricket. I am still fit. Probably I might not look fit but I am fit. I wish I can keep on playing my role in West Indies cricket."

Sammy thanked the West Indies cricket fraternity and his family for their support. "I respect this great game a lot and I have always given my best, whether it was in the dressing room or when I have trained," he said. "I thank all my teammates and support staff and administrators for all their support. I would also like to thank all my friends and family for standing beside me, especially my wife Cathy."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jb633 on May 12, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    There goes one of my top two favourite cricketers, the other being Misbah. Sammy was constantly getting grief from fans and his talent was questionable. His application of it and his effort to try and calm the rockiest of ships should never be forgotten. While guys like Gayle and Bravo swanned off to the IPL Sammy's commitment to the WI cause should never be in question. He has been a great advert for any young player who may not be as talented as others. He got the best out of what he had and nobody should ever talk down of the man. The WI have improved despite a couple of dismal showings of late. Sammy hats off mate!!

  • tyslick on May 13, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    It's just a matter of time before every region start playing for them selves .I think the coach should step down or be force to change ,these selectors are keeping down good players to get a game.experience players are still hoping they will get a chance to play again,but it seems they will not be select anymore. Sammy has done his part,but, i don't think he's good enough for test, Ramdin is our best keeper ,but,i don't think he's good enough to be the Captain .To start a debate i think Sarwan is the best captain to choose, but ,he can't even get a game.We are moving one step forward and two .lots of players in the region are being denied because of favoritism .

  • on May 13, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Emanuel Cummings could not have been be more right.Good contribution.Gibson has been the kingpin for WI demise.He must go! Integrate those names mentioned into WI cricket.Enough of this nonsense. Once we have a proper infrastructure in place, our cricket will improve.We must trim all the free riders who are having pay for nothing.

  • on May 13, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Please let us be clear Sammy was not suited for test cricket since he is mediocre as an all-rounder , His game is more suited for T20 and 50 overs to which he should be selected . You cannot win a test match on passion alone which Sammy seems to be blessed with but with ability which he lacks. Sammy is of the Caliber of former test players Roger Harper and Mike Bearly Good Captains but poor test cricketers , neither here nor there as a so called all-rounder . As a bowler Sammy was bowling slow military medium which you can get from one of our specialist batsmen and as a batsman he was a tailender which you can get from one of your specialist bowlers. The question is what was he really, I would think just a captain who could not make the team as a player in his own right.I strongly recommend that Gibson should now be sacked urgently and be replaced with a Vivian Richards, Haynes, Greenidge , Gus Loogie , Adams or Carl Hooper. Butts must go

  • BrianCharlesVivek on May 13, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Just when Bravo says why he isnt being selected for tests, Sammy is sacked. Bravo looks to have a better technique to play test cricket, but their records are almost same.

  • on May 13, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    He was not the greatest of test players,neither did he came close,but Darren Sammy is a remarkable human being who I am sure has touched the hearts of all who have played with him,and those that have seen him play.His gentlemanship and morals are uncompromising.Beside test cricket,he is a great limited over and t20 player.I hope the WI lords would not discard him like they did to so many players.I wish Sammy the best,and hope to catch up with him one day.

  • on May 13, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    Only time will determine how good Sammy was as a player and captain. For me had done a tremendous job for West Indies cricket, and more particularly test cricket. He has been criticize unfairly by the Caribbean public, including former players, and to my mine this was the saddest of all. When West Indies cricket was at its lowest and needed stability he was the man. The main players such as Bravo, Gayle was more interested in making money instead of playing for WI, due to the stability brought by Sammy the same players are expressing their interest to play again. Sammy record has been ridiculed as a bowler and I have reviewed the record of fast bowler who represent WI in 20 test or more test and Sammy was among the best: Players Test Wickets Avg Kemar Roach 23 85 28 Jerome Taylor 29 82 36 Darren Sammy 38 84 36 Fidel Edwards 55 165 38 Tino Best 25 57 40 Dwayne Bravo 40 86 40 Darren Powel 37 85 48

  • on May 13, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    How does Darren Sammy's captaincy figures compare.

    Player Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L CH Lloyd 1974-1985 74 36 12 0 26 3 48.64 16.21 IVA Richards 1980-1991 50 27 8 0 15 3.37 54 16 R Richardson 1992-1995 24 11 6 0 7 1.83 45.83 25 BC Lara 1997-2006 47 10 26 0 11 0.38 21.27 55.31 DJG Sammy 2010-2013 30 8 12 0 10 0.66 26.66 40 CA Walsh 1994-1997 22 6 7 0 9 0.85 27.27 31.8 CL Hooper 2001-200 22 4 11 0 7 0.36 18.18 50 JC Adams 2000-2001 15 4 8 0 3 0.5 26.66 53.33 CH Gayle 2007-2010 20 3 9 0 8 0.33 15 45 S Chanderpaul 05- 06 14 1 10 0 3 0.1 7.14 71.42 RR Sarwan 2007-2008 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 50 D Ganga 2007-2007 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 100 FL Reifer 2009-2009 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 100 DJ Bravo 08-08 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 100

  • on May 12, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Great guy .....always delivered in One Days !

  • v_giri on May 12, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Sammy along with Misbah were called in to captain their teams at the worst possible time with the least committed set of players. And they have been easy target for all critics. Why bar is set so high for them will remain a mystery. The teams have not been improving significantly yet the critics seem to claim there are several better alternatives. In both Pak and WI the most important thing for the captains to stem the tide and inject some motivation and commitment to the players which both of them have done admirably. Why the expectation of results like Lloyd / Imran is expected from these two when the team they have been provided with is mediocre at best and revolting at worst. My guess history will judge them way better than present-day critics. Sammy should not take more flak either from admins or critics. Cricket is the loser and he will be missed.

  • jb633 on May 12, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    There goes one of my top two favourite cricketers, the other being Misbah. Sammy was constantly getting grief from fans and his talent was questionable. His application of it and his effort to try and calm the rockiest of ships should never be forgotten. While guys like Gayle and Bravo swanned off to the IPL Sammy's commitment to the WI cause should never be in question. He has been a great advert for any young player who may not be as talented as others. He got the best out of what he had and nobody should ever talk down of the man. The WI have improved despite a couple of dismal showings of late. Sammy hats off mate!!

  • tyslick on May 13, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    It's just a matter of time before every region start playing for them selves .I think the coach should step down or be force to change ,these selectors are keeping down good players to get a game.experience players are still hoping they will get a chance to play again,but it seems they will not be select anymore. Sammy has done his part,but, i don't think he's good enough for test, Ramdin is our best keeper ,but,i don't think he's good enough to be the Captain .To start a debate i think Sarwan is the best captain to choose, but ,he can't even get a game.We are moving one step forward and two .lots of players in the region are being denied because of favoritism .

  • on May 13, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Emanuel Cummings could not have been be more right.Good contribution.Gibson has been the kingpin for WI demise.He must go! Integrate those names mentioned into WI cricket.Enough of this nonsense. Once we have a proper infrastructure in place, our cricket will improve.We must trim all the free riders who are having pay for nothing.

  • on May 13, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Please let us be clear Sammy was not suited for test cricket since he is mediocre as an all-rounder , His game is more suited for T20 and 50 overs to which he should be selected . You cannot win a test match on passion alone which Sammy seems to be blessed with but with ability which he lacks. Sammy is of the Caliber of former test players Roger Harper and Mike Bearly Good Captains but poor test cricketers , neither here nor there as a so called all-rounder . As a bowler Sammy was bowling slow military medium which you can get from one of our specialist batsmen and as a batsman he was a tailender which you can get from one of your specialist bowlers. The question is what was he really, I would think just a captain who could not make the team as a player in his own right.I strongly recommend that Gibson should now be sacked urgently and be replaced with a Vivian Richards, Haynes, Greenidge , Gus Loogie , Adams or Carl Hooper. Butts must go

  • BrianCharlesVivek on May 13, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Just when Bravo says why he isnt being selected for tests, Sammy is sacked. Bravo looks to have a better technique to play test cricket, but their records are almost same.

  • on May 13, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    He was not the greatest of test players,neither did he came close,but Darren Sammy is a remarkable human being who I am sure has touched the hearts of all who have played with him,and those that have seen him play.His gentlemanship and morals are uncompromising.Beside test cricket,he is a great limited over and t20 player.I hope the WI lords would not discard him like they did to so many players.I wish Sammy the best,and hope to catch up with him one day.

  • on May 13, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    Only time will determine how good Sammy was as a player and captain. For me had done a tremendous job for West Indies cricket, and more particularly test cricket. He has been criticize unfairly by the Caribbean public, including former players, and to my mine this was the saddest of all. When West Indies cricket was at its lowest and needed stability he was the man. The main players such as Bravo, Gayle was more interested in making money instead of playing for WI, due to the stability brought by Sammy the same players are expressing their interest to play again. Sammy record has been ridiculed as a bowler and I have reviewed the record of fast bowler who represent WI in 20 test or more test and Sammy was among the best: Players Test Wickets Avg Kemar Roach 23 85 28 Jerome Taylor 29 82 36 Darren Sammy 38 84 36 Fidel Edwards 55 165 38 Tino Best 25 57 40 Dwayne Bravo 40 86 40 Darren Powel 37 85 48

  • on May 13, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    How does Darren Sammy's captaincy figures compare.

    Player Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L CH Lloyd 1974-1985 74 36 12 0 26 3 48.64 16.21 IVA Richards 1980-1991 50 27 8 0 15 3.37 54 16 R Richardson 1992-1995 24 11 6 0 7 1.83 45.83 25 BC Lara 1997-2006 47 10 26 0 11 0.38 21.27 55.31 DJG Sammy 2010-2013 30 8 12 0 10 0.66 26.66 40 CA Walsh 1994-1997 22 6 7 0 9 0.85 27.27 31.8 CL Hooper 2001-200 22 4 11 0 7 0.36 18.18 50 JC Adams 2000-2001 15 4 8 0 3 0.5 26.66 53.33 CH Gayle 2007-2010 20 3 9 0 8 0.33 15 45 S Chanderpaul 05- 06 14 1 10 0 3 0.1 7.14 71.42 RR Sarwan 2007-2008 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 50 D Ganga 2007-2007 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 100 FL Reifer 2009-2009 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 100 DJ Bravo 08-08 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 100

  • on May 12, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Great guy .....always delivered in One Days !

  • v_giri on May 12, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Sammy along with Misbah were called in to captain their teams at the worst possible time with the least committed set of players. And they have been easy target for all critics. Why bar is set so high for them will remain a mystery. The teams have not been improving significantly yet the critics seem to claim there are several better alternatives. In both Pak and WI the most important thing for the captains to stem the tide and inject some motivation and commitment to the players which both of them have done admirably. Why the expectation of results like Lloyd / Imran is expected from these two when the team they have been provided with is mediocre at best and revolting at worst. My guess history will judge them way better than present-day critics. Sammy should not take more flak either from admins or critics. Cricket is the loser and he will be missed.

  • vik56in on May 12, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Alas, perhaps another of the gentlemen breed is leaving tests. Cricket stopped being a gentleman's game a long time ago. Darren Sammy was one of the last of the dying breed of gentlemen playing cricket.There is still Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardena who is still playing Test cricket !

  • nafzak on May 12, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Let's be clear.. no one is questioning Mr. Darren Sammy as a fine Gentlemen of great character and his love for cricket. That said, Sammy was and will always be considered as the Captain of and for the establishment, i.e, the WICB. He also played Test matches and ODIs as if he was playing T/20 and I truly believe that his impatience (in batting) made him an undependable batsman. His captaincy and in particular bowling choices, was questionable at best. Often times, he would not bowl himself and we were all left to wonder if he was playing as a 'batsman' only. Now, WICB needs to clean house and fire mr. Otis Gibson. He is poorer as a coach than Sammy was as Captain. I can go on, but enough for now. All the best to Mr. Sammy in ODIs and T/20 career and rest of life. Ramdin, whose position in the team was never a given, must produce immediately or we will be back to square one. Oh wait, we never left square one... my bad.

  • on May 12, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    There's no doubt that Sammy's place in the test side was always questionable, his test record wasn't the best, but his passion, work-ethic, attitude and support of his team mates were outstanding. His place in the ODI and T20 team is more suited to his ability. But what does annoy me is when critics and haters take it upon themselves to point the finger at both him and Gibson for the reason that our cricket has declined. Newsflash for some of the deluded know-it-alls out there, the standard of our test cricket has fallen off a cliff since the late 90s. We can't even be taken seriously for a series in Eng, Oz or SA anymore. We've had world class players such as Walsh, Ambrose, Lara and Chanderpaul, very good players like Sarwan and Gayle come and go, yet we've only remained above Bangladesh and Zimbabwe with any consistancy during that time, so the team as a unit has been a failure and the legacy that has followed is the inevitable fallout from that.

  • on May 12, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Darren Sammy you are a good MAN.BLESSINGS continually.[tk]

  • tutorial on May 12, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    No one is questioning Sammy's character he is truly a nice guy, but come on we have to be realistic with ourselfs he not a TEST player at all, so he knew that it is the right thing to do by retiring, The team will have a better option. I personally think that Ramdin is the correct man for the job and he should be given a chance in team selection. WI. Cricket can only move forward from here.

  • imtiazjaleel on May 12, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Darren Sammy may not be the successful captain but he is very good gentleman. Playing the game in true spirits. Even Dhoni lost 8 tests in a row. So, cant blame Sammy his captaincy for the losses. People criticize his place in the team, but I feel he is a good support bowler and good enough batsman to contribute at the end of the innings and a very good catcher at all positions.

  • Rally_Windies on May 12, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Aman Acharya

    if Sammy is one of the finest allrouders the WI ever produced ..

    then Deonarine whose batting average is better and bowling average is better !

    then Doenarine must be an all time great ?

    No ?

    21 and 35 vs 25 and 29 !

    what do you say about that ?

  • on May 12, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    its really bad to see player like sammy leaving the longest format of the game. he is a true sportsman who we can find smiling in any situation of the game. he is one.of the finest allrounder west indies ever produce.management should not let him go like this hia experience will be of.great importance for youngsters in Caribbean

  • Dysan25 on May 12, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    In the Last decade, Sammy was probably the only captain to have any amount of Impact on West Indies Cricket Team .. sad that he is leaving .. looking forward to his limited overs performances ..

  • mushi333 on May 12, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    very sad to me ,not watching sammy in white color . Salute sammy ur d best smilling guys in WI cricket .

  • on May 12, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    Its a great shame to see Sammy go, he always came across as a true gentleman and played with a lot of heart and spirit. He's the sort of guy that you can't help but want to see succeed, even if you're not a WI supporter. His stats won't be found in the record books, but I think he will remembered for the way he managed to bring some stability, if not results, back to WI cricket. He can walk away with his head held high, he played to the best of his ability and always within the 'spirit of cricket', and that's all you can ask isn't it?

  • on May 12, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    sammy ur the best & never loose ur smile . watching u while u smilling is good

  • Alexei on May 12, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    Big ups to Darren Sammy. You led the team with distinction and played, smiled and hit (sixes) your way into our hearts. All the best

  • on May 12, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    I cannot see how anyone would mention sachin Tendulkar along with darren sammy

  • kasyapm on May 11, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    I have utmost respect for Sammy's passion towards the game and his dedication. He led admirably with limited resources and a heckling that he was not suited to be in the team. For me, I can't see anyone else who would have made the team play as a unit other than Sammy. My best wishes to him and hope to see more of him in limited overs cricket - an Indian fan.

  • on May 11, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    Team WI will miss your calmness in tests...the thing which is most needed in test cricket...

  • on May 11, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    Right time to go for him. He did the job he was needed for at the time, which was to help put together the pieces. On talent alone, he would never have played 30+ TESTS if not for being the captain. This will allow them to play Bravo, who is a far better TEST player. Sammy is one of the best limited overs cricketers in the WI and should be an automatic choice in both 50/50 and T20 (as captain). As many pointed out, agree that he is a great character and a wonderful ambassador of the sport! Cricket needs more like him!

  • CricketChat on May 11, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    I will take Sammy at his word. However, I would like to ask Sammy, why wait until you are removed from captaincy to retire? If you felt it was time for someone to take over, you should have retired right after NZ series which would have given the new captain, whoever that might be, accept and move into that role much earlier than now. Also, why would you not make yourself for selection as a player? It isn't as if WI team overflowing with talent that there aren't any vacant places. If not always, there will times when your skills as a player might still be needed for the new team.

  • on May 11, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    well Sammy is a wonderful suttle leader with great qualities.we'll miss you man...but you will be in our hearts for ever..thanks for you Sammy for your humble,attitude,passion and commitment..wish you all the best in future...

  • on May 11, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Thank You Sammy. You always gave 100% when you put on the West Indies colours.

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Do not judge him by his stats... for me he is a great player with a big heart, some one you can count on when your team needs you and always ready to do what is required. All respect for Sammy!

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Sammy....I am a strong admirer of your humility and willingness to serve.....you have done your best and there are a lot of supporters around the West Indies and in the cricketing world at large who are supportive of your stint as W. I. captain....thank you Darren

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    He knew his time was up. He can hold his head high knowing he done his best.

  • on May 11, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Sammy is such a humble and likeable guy. You may not have been a top Test cricketer, but as Tendulkar always said: "People eventually remember you by your character and your attitude, not by the amount of runs you've scored."

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Sammy is one of crickets best ambassadors. A true sportsman, he played the game hard but in the true spirit. Yes he was often not the best suited for test cricket, but he took over at a tine when WI cricket needed a committed and well disciplined player. And Sammy rose to the occasion. He led from the front and was a tough cricketer on the field. He will always be remembers for his contributions and for winning the T 20 World Cup. Yes he is not finished yet. Good enough to play ODIs and T 20s for the next three years for sure.

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    That's our Sammy! Ever gracious , and such a gentleman. You give your best at everything you do - and for this, we your fans are truly grateful. Hold your head up high my friend, and continued success in your cricketing career!

  • cricman007 on May 11, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Good job Darren. You played with passion and commitment. You took a team which was in decline and had to lead test squads comprising mainly rookie players since some of the most experienced players were unavailable for various reasons. The standard of first class cricket in the West Indies has to improve before there is any appreciable improvement in the test performance. The pitches are low and slow and the four-day season is much too short. Today's West Indies test captain is asked to do so much with so little. You tried your best and that is all that could have been asked of you given the resources at your disposal.Best wishes for the future!

  • cricman007 on May 11, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Good job Darren. You played with passion and commitment. You took a team which was in decline and had to lead test squads comprising mainly rookie players since some of the most experienced players were unavailable for various reasons. The standard of first class cricket in the West Indies has to improve before there is any appreciable improvement in the test performance. The pitches are low and slow and the four-day season is much too short. Today's West Indies test captain is asked to do so much with so little. You tried your best and that is all that could have been asked of you given the resources at your disposal.Best wishes for the future!

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    That's our Sammy! Ever gracious , and such a gentleman. You give your best at everything you do - and for this, we your fans are truly grateful. Hold your head up high my friend, and continued success in your cricketing career!

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Sammy is one of crickets best ambassadors. A true sportsman, he played the game hard but in the true spirit. Yes he was often not the best suited for test cricket, but he took over at a tine when WI cricket needed a committed and well disciplined player. And Sammy rose to the occasion. He led from the front and was a tough cricketer on the field. He will always be remembers for his contributions and for winning the T 20 World Cup. Yes he is not finished yet. Good enough to play ODIs and T 20s for the next three years for sure.

  • on May 11, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Sammy is such a humble and likeable guy. You may not have been a top Test cricketer, but as Tendulkar always said: "People eventually remember you by your character and your attitude, not by the amount of runs you've scored."

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    He knew his time was up. He can hold his head high knowing he done his best.

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Sammy....I am a strong admirer of your humility and willingness to serve.....you have done your best and there are a lot of supporters around the West Indies and in the cricketing world at large who are supportive of your stint as W. I. captain....thank you Darren

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Do not judge him by his stats... for me he is a great player with a big heart, some one you can count on when your team needs you and always ready to do what is required. All respect for Sammy!

  • on May 11, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Thank You Sammy. You always gave 100% when you put on the West Indies colours.

  • on May 11, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    well Sammy is a wonderful suttle leader with great qualities.we'll miss you man...but you will be in our hearts for ever..thanks for you Sammy for your humble,attitude,passion and commitment..wish you all the best in future...

  • CricketChat on May 11, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    I will take Sammy at his word. However, I would like to ask Sammy, why wait until you are removed from captaincy to retire? If you felt it was time for someone to take over, you should have retired right after NZ series which would have given the new captain, whoever that might be, accept and move into that role much earlier than now. Also, why would you not make yourself for selection as a player? It isn't as if WI team overflowing with talent that there aren't any vacant places. If not always, there will times when your skills as a player might still be needed for the new team.