Sammy: The team needs a new direction

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Former West Indies Test skipper Darren Sammy has bowed out gracefully after being sacked as captain and then retiring from the format, saying it was time for the Windies to thrive under a new leader.

Former West Indies Test skipper Darren Sammy has bowed out gracefully after being sacked as captain and then retiring from the format, saying it was time for the Windies to thrive under a new leader.

Sammy was fired after some shocking performances in Tests in the past year, notably against New Zealand, and Sammy said he started thinking about his position after that defeat in Wellington.

He had been captain since 2010, when a number of players were in a battle with the board over contracts. He was not bitter about the decision, and wished Denesh Ramdin, his replacement as skipper, all the best.

Sammy told <i>Cricinfo</i>: "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.

"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."

He added of his replacement: "Denesh has been captaining regional teams with distinction but it (leading West Indies) is a difficult job.

"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."

Sammy went on to say that he was by no means done with limited-over cricket and was available for ODI and T20 matches. He then thanked the WICB for their support over the years.

He said: "I am sure we all have a part to play to take West Indies cricket forward in whichever format we are playing in. 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.

"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.

"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."

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