2014
10.02

Former West Indies Test and ODI skipper Darren Sammy felt captaining the Caribbean side was a most difficult job and that he was enjoying cricket after his Test retirement.

“Captaining any side is tough but captaining the West Indies is tougher. We have players from different islands, different backgrounds, different cultures. In itself, it has always been tough,” said Sammy in an interaction before a training session ahead of their practice match against India XI.

“Tests and one-day — that pressure goes to (Dwayne) Bravo and (Denesh) Ramdin. I just wait for when it is T20. But I try to be a leader in one-day and T20 cricket,” added the West Indies Twenty20 skipper.

The 30-year-old allrounder maintained he had no regrets about his sudden decision to retire from Tests.

“I am enjoying life, I am enjoying my cricket at the moment. It is time for West Indies cricket to move on with a new captain and I am happy. No regrets, I am just happy to still be playing one-day and T20s and that is what I am focusing on. We are just finding means and ways to take West Indies cricket back at the top. No hard feelings,” he added.

Sammy felt the West Indies had many options with injured players returning with the exception of Chris Gayle. “I must first get a place in the XI. Our side has got so many guys, they have got myself, (Andre) Russell, (Kieron) Pollard, Bravo, Ramdin who has been batting well for the last two years,” he said.

The St. Lucia cricketer regretted he didn’t have so many options available during his Test and ODI captaincy tenure.

“You have got Jerome Taylor back, you have got Sulieman (Benn) back, you have got Roachie (Kemar Roach) who is fit, you have got (Shane) Shillingford and all these guys. I am not saying back then when I was a captain I didn’t have that. We had to make do with what was available.”

The West Indies have relied on pacers, bringing only one specialist spinner in Sunil Narine for the ODIs on the spin friendly tracks in India, perhaps keeping World Cup venues in Australia and New Zealand in mind.

“The one proper spinner we have is a match winner in all formats. He is a champion. We have backed the bowling unit which is a much more experienced one.”

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