I was no longer needed for Tests: Sammy (Interview)

Published: May 11, 2014

By Santosh Rao

New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) — West Indies’ Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy says his decision to quit Test cricket came after the selectors conveyed to him that they didn’t have any plans for him as player or captain in the team.

Sammy retired from Tests Friday evening and the announcement came just hours after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) appointed wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin as captain of the Test side for the upcoming three-Test home series against New Zealand beginning June 8.

“It was told to me that the selectors had no plans for me in Tests. They are moving in a new direction and I was no longer needed as captain or player,” Sammy told IANS over phone in the wake of his announcing his retirement from Tests.

“Cricket is not about Darren Sammy — they put me in the position and they have every right to take it away. I have no ill-feelings towards anyone.”

Sammy, though, will continue to be the captain in the shortest format of the game, which means the West Indies will have separate captains for all three formats.

Ramdin takes over in the Tests while all-rounder Dwayne Bravo replaced Sammy in the ODI format last year.

“I am proud of my contributions to West Indies cricket. I have always given it my all. I’m still the T20 captain and a member of the ODI side, I will continue to perform to the best of my abilities in these two formats,” Sammy said.

Sammy was the first player from St. Lucia to play for the West Indies Test side, making his debut as a 23-year-old in 2007 against England at Old Trafford.

He took seven wickets in the second innings and announced his arrival to the world.

Sammy had played just eight Tests when he took over the captaincy at a tumultuous time for West Indian cricket.

In October 2010, explosive opener Chris Gayle was the captain of the regional side but turned down a WICB central contract and talk of dissatisfaction among the players surfaced.

Sammy said the most challenging part of being captain was to rally all the players under the West Indian flag.

“It was the most challenging situation I have faced in my career. To handle a lot of different people coming into the team is difficult. West Indies is a group of islands, so every island has its own culture and identity.”

“Rallying the players was the most difficult task for me but I took it on bravely. I have enjoyed every single moment but I will admit that it has been tough,” said Sammy.

Under Sammy, the West Indies played 30 Tests, won eight, lost 12 and drew 10. The 0-2 series loss to New Zealand December last year made it four heavy Test losses in five matches and was the last straw for the St. Lucian in the Test arena.

Sammy wished his successor well and said Ramdin’s stint as the vice-captain would help him do a good job.

Ramdin, who has played 56 Tests, 109 ODIs and 46 T20s, led the national side in three T20s and an ODI.

With him at the helm, Trinidad and Tobago have won 21 out of the 37 matches played, including a semifinal finish at the Regional Four-Day competition this season.

“I wish Denesh Ramdin all the best. He has a good cricketing brain and has a lot of experience at captaining sides. Hope the players get behind him,” said Sammy.

IANS 2014-05-11 20:04:03

[+]

Tags: , , , ,



Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.

Featured

Mountie death-crash-Surrey BC

Truck driver called ‘forgotten victim’ of fatal Surrey RCMP crash

JENNIFER SALTMAN VANCOUVER DESI   The truck driver involved in the 2012 crash that killed Surrey RCMP Const. Adrian Oliver is a “forgotten victim,” according…
Continue Reading »

Ganesha's wife-Ganpati-elephant god

Indian baby born with a trunk is being worshipped as Hindu deity Ganesha’s wife

HINDUSTAN TIMES A baby girl born with a ‘trunk’ has become a big attraction in Aligarh, where people are flocking to worship her. They believe…
Continue Reading »

racial attack

Video shows Sikh man thrashed in suspected racial attack in Birmingham

IANS London – In a suspected racial attack, police in Britain have come across footage posted online in which a Sikh man is seen being…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Mountie death-crash-Surrey BC

Truck driver called ‘forgotten victim’ of fatal Surrey RCMP crash

JENNIFER SALTMAN VANCOUVER DESI   The truck driver involved in the 2012 crash that killed Surrey RCMP Const. Adrian Oliver is a “forgotten victim,” according…
Continue Reading »

desi alcoholic

Courage To Come Back: Andy Bhatti makes it his life’s work to help young victims of sex abuse

SUSAN LAZARUK VANCOUVER DESI This is the first of six profiles on recipients of the 2015 Courage To Come Back Awards, presented by Coast Mental…
Continue Reading »

SURREY

Alleged terrorist almost killed himself with poisoned samosas before planned Canada Day attack

IAN AUSTIN VANCOUVER DESI Accused terrorist John Nuttall nearly killed himself with strychnine-contaminated samosas six weeks before he planted phoney bombs at the B.C. Legislature….
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

India-Canada-Vancouver Desi

Indian PM Narendra Modi to visit Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa in April

VANCOUVER DESI Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Canada in April, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Wednesday. Modi will be visiting Toronto, Ottawa…
Continue Reading »

python escapes, kills children

Exotic Pets: Snake owner charged in deaths of young New Brunswick brothers killed by python

THE CANADIAN PRESS CAMPBELLTON, N.B. — Police in New Brunswick have charged a man with criminal negligence causing death after two young brothers were asphyxiated…
Continue Reading »

Aditi Arya

Miss India World Aditi Arya: Wanted my statement to be India’s

IANS Mumbai – Aditi Arya, the proud winner of this year’s Femina Miss India World crown, says she always wanted to represent India on an…
Continue Reading »

Freedom-Section 66A-India

Teenager shoots himself after father bans Facebook chat

IANS Lucknow - A 14-year-old boy shot himself Thursday after his father reprimanded him for chatting too often on social networking site Facebook, police said. The…
Continue Reading »

messy custody battle-desi lingerie model

Jeremy Renner’s messy divorce from B.C. model gets messier as custody battle rages

VANCOUVER DESI A B.C. woman who was married to Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner is being accused of being a gold digger and blackmailer who has…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

KALKI KOECHL-Bollywood

Kalki Koechlin says films like ‘Margarita, With a Straw’ need support more than business

IANS Mumbai – Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin is happy that actor Aamir Khan and his filmmaker wife Kiran Rao are supporting her forthcoming film “Margarita,…
Continue Reading »

My choice-women's empowerment

“My Choice”: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone is an example of a woman who lives by her own rules

  IANS Mumbai – Deepika Padukone, who has made strong statements about women’s rights in a short video, is an example of a single woman…
Continue Reading »

Nargis Fakhri

Is British actor Dev Patel dating Bollywood babe Nargis Fakhri?

IANS Mumbai – Link-up reports have always been a part and parcel of the glamour industry. And it has now struck actress Nargis Fakhri as…
Continue Reading »