Darren Sammy has caused a stir in West Indies cricket circles by dramatically retiring from Test cricket after he was replaced as captain by Denesh Ramdin over the weekend.
Sammy claimed that his decision to call time on his Test career came immediately after he was axed as captain but he had been thinking about it for a long time anyway.
The 30-year-old St. Lucian said that after the New Zealand series last December which West Indies lost 2-0 he sat down with the team management and the selectors and his mind set was that he did not want to continue.
He added that it was a difficult decision because he had dreamed since childhood of representing West Indies in the Test format. But with recent results not going well, Sammy was resigned to either quitting or being sacked as Test skipper. He will continue to play in 20-over games and one-day internationals.
Sammy will be remembered for many things during his captaincy that started in October 2010. He marked his Test debut with a seven-wicket haul in the second innings at Old Trafford but was heckled as perhaps the slowest-ever West Indies new-ball bowler.
He was also heavily criticized in the first couple of years for widely being perceived as not being good enough to even play for the West Indies, much less to captain them, but he slowly won detractors over with a marked improvement in West Indies discipline and commitment, even if Test results did not improve significantly. At least they seemed to put in the effort under Sammy rather than simply go through the motions.
Sammy was the first cricketer from St. Lucia to play Test cricket and will also be remembered for leading the West Indies when a player revolt marred Caribbean cricket in 2010.
Highlight of his captaincy was when West Indies won the 2012 International Cricket Council World Twenty20 against Sri Lanka, their first major trophy for eight years. They won the ICC Champions trophy against England in 2004.
Extending his support to Ramdin, who led Trinidad and Tobago into the semifinals of the regional four-day championship, Sammy said that although Ramdin has captained regional teams, “leading West Indies is difficult job.”