2016
08.13

Since taking over as chairman of the West Indies selection panel from Clive Lloyd in late June, Courtney Browne has come under the microscope for some of the decisions made including the dropping of veteran wicket-keeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin from the Test team for the current four-match series against India and the sacking of Darren Sammy as the Twenty20 captain and player for two matches against the Indians in Florida later this month.

Among the critics has been the Prime Minister of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who wrote a letter to Browne on the firing of Sammy, which he described as “unceremonious and summary”…

Following is the Q and A with Browne:

HOLDER: What was the thinking of the selectors in removing Darren Sammy as the West Indies T20 captain, as well as a player for the two matches against India in Florida later this month?

BROWNE: Sammy was under-performing as a player for over a year. However, in recognition of his contribution to West Indies cricket in all three formats, we tried to give him every opportunity to improve on the field of play…

OLDER: There is a feeling in some quarters that Kieron Pollard should have been appointed captain instead of Carlos Brathwaite, especially based on his vast experience in the T20 format? What is your response and tell us about the make-up of the team?

BROWNE: Mr. Kieron Pollard is an established player of the T20 team and like other players can be considered for captaincy. However, we felt that Carlos Brathwaite, based on our selection criteria, had stronger credentials for the job.

Like Mr. Pollard, Carlos has emerged as a very competent player with a vital role in the team.

Secondly, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to West Indies cricket through his continued participation in regional cricket…

HOLDER: The Prime Minister of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, has written a letter to you expressing his disappointment at the sacking of Sammy. He has also called for an apology to Sammy and the people of the Caribbean on the handling of the matter. What would you say to Dr. Gonsalves?

BROWNE: I noted that the Prime Minister said that Mr. Sammy spoke to him about his removal as captain and this was done by a 30-second conversation by myself.

I would suggest that prior to writing the letter it might have been helpful if the Prime Minister simply got in touch with me to ascertain all the circumstances surrounding what was a cricket selection decision.

I believe this would have been fair to the selection panel. Rather, the Prime Minister decided to write a strong letter to the chairman of the selectors including the unprecedented step of providing specific recommendations on how to treat cricketing matters surrounding the transition of a captain…

Full Interview barbadostoday.bb

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  1. Courtney Brown you was not good in your cricket so you must drop somone who better than you you ever captain any match and win ……You jus waste time ….You pick side and the can’t even make 353…bowled out for 225 shame on you to select team

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