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Denesh named Test captain

Calcutta: There is a change of guard in West Indies cricket, as Denesh Ramdin replaced Darren Sammy as Test captain on Friday, according to a West Indies Cricket Board statement.

At St John’s Antigua, the wicketkeeper-batsman was named captain in place of Sammy, who was the Test captain from October 2010 to May 2014. Ramdin was the Test vice-captain.

The 29-year-old has played 56 Tests, 109 One-Day Internationals and 46 T20s.

President of the WICB, Whycliffe Dave Cameron said they are refocusing to get maximum performance for each format of the game and now is an ideal time to make the adjustments and adopt the recommendations of the director of cricket.

Cameron, in the WICB statement, thanked Sammy for his leadership. “We thank Darren for his energetic and resolute leadership over the past four years and we continue to see his role as the Twenty20 captain as a critical one. The Board has approved the recommendation of the selection panel. We wish Denesh consistent success and commit the full support of the Board as he takes on the mammoth responsibility of Test captain.”

Ramdin, in the statement, said: “It is an honour to be named captain of the West Indies Test team. This is a huge opportunity and as a unit we are capable of representing the people of the West Indies.

“It is something very special to represent the people of the West Indies and to be named to lead the Test team and chart the course forward. It is humbling and extra special. I thank the WICB for giving me this incredible opportunity...”