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West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy has revealed that he decided to retire from Test cricket since “the selectors had no plans” for him in the longest format of the game.
Sammy, who is the first player from St Lucia to play in the country’s Test team, retired from Test cricket on Friday, which was just a day after wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin replaced him as captain.
“It was told to me that the selectors had no plans for me in Tests,” Sammy told IANS in a phone interview. “They are moving in a new direction and I was no longer needed as a captain or player.
“Cricket is not about Darren Sammy…they put me in the position and they have every right to take it away. I have no ill-feelings towards anyone.”
However, Sammy will continue to captain the country’s Twenty20 side and will also be a part of the ODI squad as well.
“I am proud of my contributions to West Indies cricket,” he said. “I have always given it my all. I’m still the T20 captain and a member of the ODI side. I will continue to perform to the best of my abilities in these two formats.”
Sammy was handed the Test captaincy in 2010 and conceded that the most difficult challenge he faced during his tenure as skipper was uniting all the players under the West Indian flag.
“It was the most challenging situation I have faced in my career,” he said. “To handle a lot of different people coming into the team is difficult. West Indies is a group of islands, so every island has its own culture and identity.
“Rallying the players was the most difficult task for me but I took it on bravely. I have enjoyed every single moment but I will admit that it has been tough.”
Sammy also had some words of encouragement for Ramdin: “I wish Denesh Ramdin all the best. He has a good cricketing brain and has a lot of experience at captaining sides. I hope the players get behind him.”