Braithwaite named West Indies T20 captain, as Sammy dropped


Darren Sammy was unsurprisingly left out of the West Indies' 13-man squad, and axed as captain, following the West Indies Cricket Board's selections for upcoming Twenty20 matches against India.

All-rounder Carlos Braithwaite has been selected as captain in Sammy's absence, for the two matches to be played in Florida on August 27 and 28.

Sammy confirmed the news last Friday in an emotional video posted on Facebook, saying selectors had notified him via telephone.

"I've always believed West Indies cricket is not about Darren Sammy. They are looking to the future and I want to wish the new captain all the best, as he looks to lead West Indies cricket and take it forward," he said.

"To all my players over the years who have been part of the team and played under my captaincy, I want to thank you for all the support."

WICB Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne, noted the squad was picked purely on the basis of players' form.

With respect to Braithwaite, the chairman was glowing in his praise.

"Braithwaite is one of the most talented players in the T20 format of the game and his humble and committed approach to the game can inspire young and upcoming players," Browne said.

Sammy took over as West Indies captain in 2010, after Chris Gayle controversially rejected a central contract with the WICB, and Twenty20 was the only form of the international game he was still involved in.

The all-rounder retired from Test cricket in 2014 and had not been selected for the one-day squad in over a year.

Sammy led the West Indies to triumph in the 2012 and 2016 editions of the ICC World Twenty20, and their victory in the final against England could possibly be his last international match.

Team in full: Andre Fletcher, Andre Russell, Carlos Braithwaite, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Jason Holder, Johnson Charles, Keiron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine.