Darren Sammy quits Test cricket after removal as West Indies captain

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

St. John’s, Antigua And Barbuda (4E Sports) – In a surprising development, all-rounder Darren Sammy has announced his retirement from Test cricket after he was removed as West Indies skipper.

Sammy was axed as Test skipper and replaced by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, after a near four-year stint at the helm.

However, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) clarified that Sammy would remain available for selection to the other formats of the game.

“Darren Sammy has formally notified the West Indies Cricket Board of his decision to retire from Test cricket,” the board said in a statement.

“Sammy has also informed the board of his decision to continue to make himself available for selection for the other formats of the game,” the statement added.

In his letter, Sammy thanked the directors, the selectors and team management for the confidence shown in him as a player and captain which he served as from October 2010 to May 2014.

“Sammy said that he will always cherish the memories of representing and captaining the West Indies in Test cricket,” the board said.

Sammy led West Indies in 30 of his 38 Tests, winning eight, losing 12 and drawing ten matches, and was credited for returning discipline and stability to the regional side.

However, West Indies have remained eighth in the Test rankings and heavy defeats on the tours of India and New Zealand last year, placed Sammy’s captain under fresh scrutiny.

The 30-year-old Sammy made 1323 runs in Tests at an average of 21, and a highest score of 106 against England at Trent Bridge in 2012. With the ball, he took 84 wickets at 35 runs apiece, with four five-wicket hauls.

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