Understood my role wasn't needed as captain or player: Sunrisers Hyderabad's Darren Sammy

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 12 2014, 09:47am hrs
Asserting that he had no choice but to retire from Test cricket, hard-hitting West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy today said his role was not needed as captain and player in that format and 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 teams' views about the way they needed 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 told PTI in an interview.

Sammy, who remains as the T20 skipper, decided to retire from Test captaincy on Friday when the selectors announced Denesh Ramdin as his replacement. The 6 feet 5 inches tall player said it's best to read the writing on the wall.

"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," said Sammy.

The news of his Test axe might have been bitter pill to swallow for the Sunrisers Hyderabad player, who is busy with IPL, but Sammy insists 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 West Indies cricket has different leadership in all the three formats with Dwayne Bravo as the ODI skipper. Sammy opines that it's always better to accept change.

"It is not about right or wrong. I was captain at point of stage of all formats. I was aksked to captain at a time when the team needed stability. Change is inevitable. Sometimes we might not like it. Sometimes we may not agree with but we have to accept it," said the medium-pacer.

While Sammy's Test career may have lasted just 38 matches - 30 as captain, new skipper Ramdin is already a veteran of 56 Tests and 109 ODIs. Sammy believes that Denesh's choice is the way forward for the West Indies Test cricket.

"He has a good cricketing brain. He has captained Trinidad and he has been my deputy and even before I was was captain he was already a vice captain. I know it's not an easy job but I feel he is more than capable of handling this role," said a large-hearted Sammy.

Sammy may not have had much success as Test skipper with 12 wins and eight losses and an individual batting average of 22.43, but the humble player is more than satisfied with his tenure.

"I have always been faced with challenges in my career. Not many people gave me a chance in Test cricket but like I said I was fortunate to play 38 Tests. It might not be enough for many people but I will be proud of myself as a captain. I did what I can do best with the available resources," he said.

Sammy was just 8-Test old when he was made captain in 2010 following a pay dispute that kept Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo out of reckoning. The man sure has a long list of people to thank.

"I will always be thankful to my team mates, my coaching staff. Especially coach Ottis Gibson. We have been together for the last four years and together we have grown, not only as a team but as friends. And I want to thank my family members, my close friends my mentors and especially my wife, who tolerated me when I stayed away for long with Test cricket commitments," said an emotional Sammy.

The 30-year-old, who finds himself fighting fit, has no regrets since his debut in 2007 against England and just plans to move ahead.

"I see myself as a limited-overs player and I see that as an opportunity to move on. I have always been faced with challenges in my career. And sans Test cricket I will have more time with my family. The wife would be happy," he chuckled.