Ramdin sacked as West Indies’ Test skipper

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Denesh Ramdin has been axed as the captain of the West Indies Test team and will be replaced by allrounder Jason Holder, who will take charge when the side play Sri Lanka in October.

The sacking of Ramdin as Test skipper was made by the West Indies selectors with Clive Lloyd, the head of the selection committee, saying 'it was time for a change'.

Holder, who is already the ODI captain, will start his tenure when the Windies visit Sri Lanka for two Tests starting on 5 October. Lloyd also confirmed that Holder will not be the skipper of the T20 side.

Ramdin was still selected as the wicketkeeper for the tour to the subcontinent while opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite was chosen as Holder's deputy for the Test side.

Lloyd said: "We expect to get new thinking and new dynamism from him. Jason commands respect. He is a fine young man, very intelligent and he seems to get the best from the players because he is a straightforward guy.

"I think the players will warm to him. He has a young bunch of players and we feel he can guide them in the manner that is required for internationals.

"We do not want to any captain to lead in all three formats just now. It would be quite burdensome on anyone. We think we can have a separate Twenty20 captain.

"I have spoken to Denesh and he understood the situation and there was no animosity. We just want him to perform a little bit better right now, particularly with the bat, and give of his best and support the new captain."  

The 15-man squad contains two uncapped players in Carlos Brathwaite and left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, while Veerasammy Permaul, who was part of the team for the last series against Australia, has been dropped.

Denesh Ramdin has been axed as the captain of the Test team and will be replaced by allrounder Jason Holder, who will take charge when the side play Sri Lanka in October.

The sacking of Ramdin as Test skipper was made by the West Indies selectors with Clive Lloyd, the head of the selection committee, saying 'it was time for a change'.

Holder, who is already the ODI captain, will start his tenure when the Windies visit Sri Lanka for two Tests starting on 5 October. Lloyd also confirmed that Holder will not be the skipper of the T20 side.

Ramdin was still selected as the wicketkeeper for the tour to the subcontinent while opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite was chosen as Holder's deputy for the Test side.

Lloyd said: "We expect to get new thinking and new dynamism from him. Jason commands respect. He is a fine young man, very intelligent and he seems to get the best from the players because he is a straightforward guy.

"I think the players will warm to him. He has a young bunch of players and we feel he can guide them in the manner that is required for internationals.

"We do not want to any captain to lead in all three formats just now. It would be quite burdensome on anyone. We think we can have a separate Twenty20 captain.

"I have spoken to Denesh and he understood the situation and there was no animosity. We just want him to perform a little bit better right now, particularly with the bat, and give of his best and support the new captain."  

West Indies squad: Jason Holder(captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice-captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajindra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin , Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican

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