New Barbados captain Kirk Edwards has thrown his support behind the beleaguered West Indies skipper Darren Sammy.
Edwards, one of the West Indies batting successes on the recent Test tours to Bangladesh and India where there were mixed fortunes for the Caribbean side, said Sammy needs as much support as possible.
“Sammy is a fighting cricketer. He is a cricketer that everybody has a lot of negatives to say. He is always under pressure, but I kind of admire the guy for the fact that he still goes out there and gives his all,” Edwards said.
“What else can you ask for from a fellow other than giving a hundred per cent effort and fighting for his team each and every time? You can’t ask for more than that. It is tough for Sammy and I try to lend my support in whichever area I can like I would do for anybody else who is the captain.”
West Indies won the two-Test series against Bangladesh, 1-0, but were beaten, 2-0, in the three-Test rubber against India, who also captured the subsequent five-match One-Day International series, 4-1.
Sammy, a 28-year-old St Lucian, has been under pressure from many critics and some media personnel for his handling of the side as well as personal performances in recent months. He took over the captaincy from the now out-of-favour, veteran opening batsman Chris Gayle for the tour to Sri Lanka late last year.
Edwards, 27, who was the unofficial vice-captain of the Test team in India, said critics should be mindful of the fact that there are several young players in the current West Indies side and they needed time to develop.
“There are a lot of positives. As you could see, we are a fighting team and we are developing a relatively young team. To play the type of cricket we did, we fought and I was proud about that. It is all a learning curve. You don’t just wake up and be the ultimate Test cricketer,” he asserted.
Edwards was recently appointed captain of the Barbados team for the 2012 Caribbean Twenty20 championship to be played in Antigua & Barbuda and Barbados from January 9 to 22. He is to also lead the national side in the regional four-day championship, which begins February 3.