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Sacked Sammy retires from longest format

Calcutta: Hours after he was removed from the Test captaincy, Darren Sammy called it a day in the longest format of the game.

On Friday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) appointed Denesh Ramdin as the captain of the Test team removing Sammy.

“Darren Sammy has formally notified the West Indies Cricket Board of his decision to retire from Test cricket. 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 WICB said in a media release.

“Sammy, in his communication to the Board 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 West Indies Cricket Board thanks Sammy for his service to West Indies Test cricket both as player and captain and looks forward to his continued involvement and contribution as an ODI player and T20 captain and player,” the media release added.

Sammy, who remains the T20 captain, played in 38 Tests, captaining in 30. During his reign, the West Indies won eight, lost 12 and drew 10 of the Tests. Sammy, who is playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing IPL, was the first player from St Lucia to represent the West Indies Test side, making his debut as a 23-year-old in 2007 against England, at Old Trafford. He took seven for 66 in the second innings of the that Test, but his team had lost the game by 60 runs.

He was made the captain of the Test side after Chris Gayle turned down a WICB central contract. He had played only eight Tests then.

As a captain, Sammy’s biggest achievement has been in the T20 arena when he led the West Indies to the World T20 title in 2012.

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

Cameron had also 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.”