Rawl Lewis steps down as Windwards captain

Rawl Lewis has stepped down as captain of the Windward Islands after their 166-run defeat to Trinidad and Tobago in their third round regional four-day match.

Lewis, who played five Tests for West Indies, announced that he will make himself available for selection for Windwards but not in the capacity of captain. "I remain committed to Windward Islands cricket and would play on once I am selected," he said.

Lewis, 34, said the team had been doing poorly recently and hoped a change in leadership would bring about a change in results. Windwards won one out their three first-class games this season. They came seventh in the one-day tournament, above USA and Canada, with one win from four games.

"Probably with me out of the way, someone new can take charge and make a positive difference to the team. I have tried my best with this team and I have decided to give way to someone else," said Lewis. "I really cannot explain why the team has been performing like this and probably they need a younger person to step forward with new ideas and take Windwards cricket forward."

Colin Borde, the T&T manager, said it was unfortunate Lewis had stepped down. "He [Lewis] is an experienced cricketer who brings a lot of the team. I think he is a good a player and it will definitely be a big loss to the Windwards and I hope that Rawl Lewis and the Windwards Cricket Association can both sit down and discuss what needs to be done in their cricket."