WEST Indies’ World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy has been axed as skipper and dropped from the Twenty20 international team.Sammy took over as captain in 2010 and led the Windies to glory in the 2012 and 2016 editions of the ICC World Twenty20.
Their victory in the final against England in April could now prove to be the 32-year-old’s final match for his country.
The all-rounder retired from Test cricket in 2014 and has not been selected for the one-day international team since March 2015.
“I got a call yesterday from the chairman of selectors telling me that they reviewed the captaincy of T20 and I won’t be captain anymore of the T20 (team and) my performances have not merited selection in the squad,” he said in a video posted on Facebook yesterday.
“That’s OK. Because I’ve always believed West Indies cricket is not about Darren Sammy.
“I want to wish the new captain all the best. These memories I will cherish for a long time. This is not me retiring from one-day or T20. The captaincy journey has come to an end. I know I played with my heart and soul whenever I stepped out on the cricket field.
“To all my players over the years who have been part of the team and played under my captaincy, I want to thank you for all the support.
“We’ve had our ups and downs but I have never given up hope. I’ve never stopped believing in myself and in the team. That is what I was about as captain. Trying to instil a positive, never-say-die attitude in my team.
“The result – we’ve won two World Cups. I want to thank all of you for this period.” (Sportsmax.com)