Sammy out, Ramdin in?
PORT OF SPAIN – Darren Sammy is set to be axed as West Indies Test captain and replaced by his former vice-captain Denesh Ramdin for the upcoming three-match New Zealand series, a newspaper reported.
Quoting an unnamed source, the Trinidad Guardian newspaper reported yesterday that Ramdin had already received the nod from the West Indies selectors and the final decision was to be made during a teleconference among West Indies Cricket Board directors.
“Denesh received a call from chairman of the selection panel Clyde Butts, who asked him whether or not he was interested in leading the regional team in Test cricket,” the Guardian quoted the source as saying.
“Denesh indicated that he was willing to take on the challenge and this message was passed on to the WICB for ratification.”
Sammy took over the helm of the West Indies team 2010 but last year was relieved of his duties as One-Day captain, and replaced by all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.
He has continued to lead the Test and Twenty20 units but 2-0 defeats on the Test tours of India and New Zealand last year, raised fresh doubts about his position.
The Guardian’s source said Sammy’s inability to command a place in the Test XI outside of his role as captain, was of concern.
“Although the WICB has not made a decision on whether they will go with Ramdin or stick with Sammy, it seems that the all-rounder is under serious pressure this time around. He has not commanded a place in the team outside of being captain and some see his inclusion as one that has thrown off selectors when it comes to getting the right XI on the park,” the source said.
“His record has not been up to par in recent times and this will do him no favours when the directors give their two cents at this teleconference. Ramdin, on the other hand, has improved tremendously with the bat over the last year or so and is tactically a better leader than Sammy.”
During his tenure in charge, Sammy has been credited with uniting the squad and returning stability and discipline. Despite this, however, West Indies, continue to languish at No. 8 in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings. (EZS/CMC)