by ESPNcricinfo staff
May 4, 2013
Bravo has replaced Darren Sammy as the West Indies ODI captain for the
Champions Trophy. Sammy, who retains his place in the side, will continue to
lead them in Tests and Twenty20 internationals. Under Sammy, West Indies won
the World Twenty20, but have won only three ODI series over the last three
years, two of them against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
"Our results in Tests and T20s have been
showing consistent improvement, and Sammy deserves every kudos for the work he
has done in leading and moulding the team in these formats," chairman of
the selection panel, Clyde Butts, said. "We remain confident in his
leadership in these formats, and will recommend that he continues as the
captain for Test and T20 cricket.
our ODI results have not been as strong, and we believe that it is best that we
freshen the leadership of the team in this format."
Indies have won 19 and lost 30 ODIs under Sammy, who first captained them in
April 2010. Sammy averages 21 with the bat and 42 with the ball in the format.
He has often been criticised for batting too low - usually No. 8 - to justify
his place as primarily a bowler of limited penetration. However, that criticism
hasn't been limited to just one format.
Bravo, who averages 24 with the bat and 30 with
the ball, was thrilled at the news. "I must say congratulations to Sammy
in his leadership of the team, and I am very happy to be taking over from
him," he said. "I am even happier that he remains in the team, and I
am looking forward to working with him along with the team management and all
the players, especially vice-captain Denesh Ramdin, Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh
Sarwan, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels."
pledged support to the new captain. "I congratulate Dwayne Bravo," he
said, "and give him my full support as he leads the ODI team. He can be
assured of my unwavering commitment to the team and our plans to be champions
of one-day cricket."
did captain West Indies in February when Sammy was rested during the home ODIs
the Champions Trophy, Andre Russell, Narsingh Deonarine, Veerasammy Permaul and
Kieran Powell were left out from the 13-man squad that faced Zimbabwe. Sammy,
Ravi Rampaul, Samuels, Gayle, Devon Smith and youngster Jason Holder made
have shown confidence in the players who have served well in both the batting
and bowling departments, and have identified some young players such as Jason
Holder and Johnson Charles who add quality to the squad," Butts said.
those left out, only Powell was injured. Darren Bravo, who has undergone a
minor eye surgery, was picked although he is yet to resume playing for Trinidad
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