West Indies squad to Sri Lanka announced

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Darren Sammy was handed the task of rebuilding the fortunes of the once-mighty West Indies team when he was named as the new captain.

Jamaican Chris Gayle had been in charge of the side since 2007 but after team slid to seventh in the Test rankings and eighth in the one-day standings, the West Indies Cricket Board decided to change the leadership.

"Chris Gayle led the West Indies during a challenging period and the board thanks him for stepping up then," WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire said in a statement.

"But it is now time to pass the mantle on as the West Indies rebuilds."

Selection committee chairman Clyde Butts added: "We are at the dawn of a new era in West Indies cricket and we have entrusted the challenging job of captaincy to Darren Sammy because it is believed that he has demonstrated the attributes of a leader of this diverse group of men."

The 26-year-old Sammy has played eight Tests, 43 one-dayers and 19 Twenty20 internationals and will hope to help West Indies recapture the form that brought them 11 successive Test wins during the 1980s.

The fast bowler's first task will be to lead the side during a six-week tour of Sri Lanka which begins on November 15.

"Being appointed West Indies captain is an honour and distinction which I will treat with the highest regard and dignity," Sammy, who hails from St Lucia, said.

"I have always given my all when I prepare and play for the West Indies and nothing will change now. I know this will be a difficult challenge and I will take the torch from Chris and hold it high as we forge ahead."

Brendan Nash was named as vice-captain.

Squad for Sri Lanka Tst series: Darren Sammy (captain), Brendan Nash (vice captain), Chris Gayle, Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh Jr, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Nelon Pascal, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas

Source- DailyMirror.lk

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WI selectors are crazy to

WI selectors are crazy to leave out Ramnaresh Sarwan on a tour of the subcontinent,
besides Chanderpaul he is WI's most experienced player and a good player of spin.
Also how can they leave out a bowler of the experience and calibre of Jerome Taylor who is also an excellent exponent of Reverse Swing which is so valuable on the flat decks here.From the looks of the squad unless Chanders can come up with something extra special they are going to be soundly beaten.And how can they appoint a guy as captain who hasnt even cemented his place in the side.However we should watch out for Adrian Barath,he could be their X Factor,really good player.These guys are lucky atleast Murali isnt playing or else this would have been a massacre

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Windies had the ability to

Windies had the ability to cause upsets on any given day until recent times. Since those disputes between WICB and WIPA started, they've failed to produce any significant performance. They were once my favourite team after SL, but after that right royal thrashing they collected against SA in their home turf, I've lost all my faith in them. Still, we shouldn't let our guard down in the upcoming series. Who knows what might happen...

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Ya,we shouldnt let our guard

Ya,we shouldnt let our guard down against any team,but realistically speaking id be dissapointed with anything less than 2-0

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Wishing darren sammy n his

Wishing darren sammy n his squad all the best. Bring home good results. For the WICB please stop making politics pick players u are in charge and if it means the best players are from one country pick them..let other players step up if they want to get pick.

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weak squad

carribean team is very much weak.

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Windies might have to rethink

Windies might have to rethink and recall their legend Lara again. He's up and running in his "second innings" in Zimbabwe. Fluent half century to start with...

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