Denesh Ramdin has led the West Indies in three T20Is and an ODI © AFP
Port of Spain: May 9, 2014
Denesh Ramdin was on Friday appointed captain of the West Indies Test side in place of Darren Sammy and the wicketkeeper-batsman’s first assignment will be the home series against New Zealand beginning next month. Sammy will continue to be T20I captain, meaning West Indies have separate skippers for all three formats.
“Denesh Ramdin, the Wicket-keeper/Batsman, has been named new Test Match Captain of the West Indies Team. Congrats to him on the appointment,” the West Indies Cricket Board wrote on its twitter handle.
“The WICB also thanks Darren Sammy for his time at the helm as Test Match Captain from November 2010. He will remain as T20 Captain,” the board added.
Ramdin has led the national side in three T20Is and an ODI. His has got the experience of captaining Trinidad and Tobago in 37 matches across all formats, taking T&T to the semi-final of the Regional four-day competition this season.
Sammy, who was appointed captain in 2010, was relieved of his one-day duties in 2013 and was replaced by all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.
Sammy’s tenure as Test captain began in November 2010 when West Indies drew a three-match series against the hosts Sri Lanka. He led West Indies to series victories twice over Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and New Zealand.
But disastrous results on the Test tours of India and New Zealand last year raised doubts over his leadership abilities and his individual failure as an all-rounder has also not helped his case.