West Indies captain to retain post

West Indies' Captain Darren Sammy.
Former West Indies Captain, Darren Sammy.

Darren Sammy is expected to hold on to the post of West Indies captain despite a wretched World Cup where he failed to impress with either bat or ball.

Reporters have raised questions over Sammy’s future as West Indies captain after the regional team bowed out of the recent World Cup with a humiliating loss to Pakistan in the quarter-final in Dhaka.

But the West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson said he expected Sammy to be in charge heading into this month’s Test series in the Caribbean against Pakistan.

‘The captain didn’t make the runs that he would have expected to make but I don’t expect to see a change in leadership at all,” said Gibson.

“Anybody that understand the history of our cricket recently and how that decision was made, that decision was made based on the decision that other people made so he ended up in that position,” he said.

“He didn’t set out to be captain but he had to be captain because of the circumstances and he’s doing the best to lead the team. Of course he needs to perform and he hasn’t performed in the tournament and he understands that,” Gibson noted.

Sammy, an all-rounder mustered only 54 runs in six innings and got eight wickets at 25 apiece during the World Cup.

He was appointed captain of the West Indies last October ahead of the Test tour of Sri Lanka and has turned in several mediocre performances since then, scoring just 82 runs and taking nine wickets from l0 innings.

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