Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy says his decision to quit Test cricket came after he realized he was no longer part of the future plans of the West Indies team, in the game’s longer version.
The Windward Islands all-rounder, who was axed as captain a week ago said he “had no choice” but to retire after speaking to West Indies selectors and hearing of the options of the team and its management.
“It was something I thought about after I discussed with the selectors. I understood that my role wasn’t needed as captain or player. This was the way forward,” Sammy said.
“Now 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,” he added.
Sammy sent shockwaves through the Caribbean when he announced his retirement from Tests hours after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors appointed Trinidad and Tobago wicket-keeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin as the new captain of the West Indies team.
Sammy remains Twenty20 captain and is available for selection to the One-day team.
He is currently involved in his second season in the Indian Premier League where he represents the Sunrisers Hyderbad.
He dismissed suggestions that his involvement in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament has influenced his decision.
He was appointed captain of the West Indies in November 2010 following Chris Gayle’s tenure and has been credited with returning stability and discipline to the side.