KINGSTON, May 15 – The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) said it was “saddened but respectful” of Darren Sammy’s decision to quit Test cricket hours after he was sacked as the captain.
A release from WIPA publicly thanked Sammy for his service to West Indies Test cricket which included 38 tests, of which he performed the role as captain in 30, reports Xinhua.
He was instrumental in leading the West Indies during the emergence of franchise Twenty20 cricket that left the regional team without several of its premier players.
“He (Sammy) was a valued player and led the team admirably throughout his tenure as captain,” WIPA’s president and CEO Wavell Hinds said.
“We are saddened but respectful of his decision to retire from the longer format of the game, and we wish him all the best,” Hinds added.
Sammy was retained as the captain of the Twenty20 team and is available for limited-overs selection. He was replaced as the West Indies Test captain by Ramdin who will lead the team in the home series against New Zealand.
“Ramdin is a tactical thinker,” said Hinds. “We will give our support while we expect great things from him as the new captain of the West Indies Test team.” — IANS