The Telegraph
Monday , May 12 , 2014
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‘Had no choice but to quit’

New Delhi: Asserting that he had no choice but to retire from Test cricket, hard-hitting West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy on Sunday said his role was not needed as captain and player in that format and the IPL had nothing to do with his decision.

“It was something I thought about after I discussed with the selectors. After listening to the management and the teams’ views about the way they wanted to move to the next level in Test cricket, I understood that my role wasn’t needed as captain or player. This was the way forward,” Sammy said.

Sammy, who remains the T20 skipper, decided to retire from Tests on Friday when the selectors announced Denesh Ramdin as his replacement. The six-feet-five-inch tall player said it’s best to read the writing on the wall.

“Now the West Indies cricket is at a new dispensation. It has a new force and direction and I am no longer required to play a role in Tests. I had no choice but to retire from Test cricket,” said Sammy.

The news of him being sacked as Test captain might have been a bitter pill to swallow for the Sunrisers Hyderabad player. But Sammy insisted that the lure of T20 cricket is not the reason behind his decision.

“I am having a great time in IPL. But my decision was not based on IPL or things like this. It was solely on the direction the Test team was heading and there were no plans for me as a captain and as a player,” clarified Sammy.

It is the first time that the West Indies cricket has different leadership in all the three formats with Dwayne Bravo as the ODI skipper. Sammy opined it was always better to accept change.

“It is not about right or wrong. I was captain at a point in all formats. I was asked to captain at a time when the team needed stability.

“Change is inevitable. Sometimes we might not like it. Sometimes we might not agree with it, but we have to accept it,” said the medium-pacer.