Brathwaite tipped to replace Sammy
Barbadian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is tipped to replace Darren Sammy as captain of the West Indies Twenty20 team.
The West Indies Cricket Board is expected to make the official announcement following the recommendation which has reportedly been already made by the Courtney Browne-led selection panel.
Yesterday Sammy took to social media to reveal that he had been sacked as captain, having been informed by Browne during a 30-second telephone conversation. Sammy led the West Indies to Twenty20 world titles in 2012 and last April. However, his form with both bat and ball was poor during the ICC Twenty20 tournament in India. He said the chairman of selectors had told him he did not merit a place in the side.
Sammy’s removal also comes after he took the WICB to task over its handling of players and after berating the board at the presentation ceremony following their victory in the tournament.
Brathwaite came to prominence when he hit England’s Ben Stokes for four sixes on the trot in the final over of the World T20 final to take the West Indies to victory.
Brathwaite’s first assignment will be at the end of August when the West Indies take on India in two T20s in Florida.
If the WICB is now embarking on a rebuilding phase ahead of the next ICC Twenty20 tournament, the future of the likes of Dwayne Bravo could also come under the microscope. Bravo, part of the T20 winning team, was also highly critical of the WICB in India after the team won the title. He is currently not under contract with the WICB.
A 13-man squad is expected to be announced shortly.