West Indies news May 11, 2014

'Started pondering Test future after NZ series' - Sammy


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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  • ty 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 .

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Vivek 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2014, 23:15 GMT

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

  • V 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.