Trinidad, May 9 UNI | 3 months ago

West Indies selectors today replaced all-rounder Darren Sammy as skipper of the national Test side and replaced him with keeper-batsman Dinesh Ramdin in the upcoming New Zealand series.

Sammy, who is busy playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), will, however, continue to lead the Twenty20 side, which means West Indies will have three separate captains for all three formats.

Sammy, who was appointed captain in 2010, was relieved of his one-day duties in 2013 and was replaced by all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.

Sammy has continued to lead the Test and Twenty20 sides but disastrous results on the Test tours of India and New Zealand last year raised doubts over his leadership abilities and his individual failure as an all-rounder has also not helped his case.

"Denesh Ramdin, the Wicket-keeper/Batsman, has been named new Test Match Captain of the West Indies Team. Congrats to him on the appointment," a tweet from the West Indies cricket Board read.

Former Windies manager Omar Khan backed the decision, saying Ramdin will make a good captain.

"Denesh is a very good tactician and a student of the game. This to me is a plus in any leader. He also has great team building capacity and this sure to work for him at this time," said Khan.

"Ramdin has been around for quite a while in regional cricket, he has played with the current group all his career

and has enjoyed good relations with them, so I think he will be good as captain," added he.

(Posted on 10-05-2014)