DAMBULLA—Shimron Hetmyer fell agonisingly short of a hundred as he led a solid West Indies A reply on the second day of the final four-day “Test” against Sri Lanka A here yesterday.
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Sammy’s removal to make way for Bravo
Former West Indies opening batsman Bryan Davis says that the removal of Darren Sammy as West Indies Test captain, will pave the way for Dwayne Bravo to cement his place as the allrounder on the team.
The WICB directors were engaged in a teleconference last night to discuss the selectors’ recommendation of Denesh Ramdin to replace Sammy. A week ago, Ramdin was informed by Clyde Butts, chairman of the regional selection panel, that he was their choice for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand. As per normal procedure the WICB has the final say in the decision.
Davis said yesterday that Bravo has been unfairly dealt with by the selectors because of Sammy’s presence on the team. “I think Dwayne has been unfairly left out for the last four years. He was injured and Sammy then took the decision that he would be the fast bowling allrounder. With the selectors not wanting to play two fast bowling allrounders, Bravo had to stay out.
“Bravo’s record speak for itself, he belongs on the West Indies team, he has shown that he can bat with three Test centuries and his bowling is penetrative, as he is now closing in on 100 wickets.
“He has been playing a lot of T20 cricket but I think that he is actually a better Test bowler. He is not his best when bowling defensively. With his ability to move the ball, I think he can be very penetrative in Test matches.”
Meanwhile former West Indies manager Omar Khan is throwing his support behind Ramdin saying that he will make a good captain. “Denesh is a very good tactician and a student of the game. This to me is a plus in any leader. He also has great team building capacity and this sure to work for him at this time.”
Khan said captaining the West Indies team is never easy. “The job is difficult because captains have to deal with players from different cultures. He would have a challenge in getting players from different cultures to play with one purpose but this is why the selectors have the faith in him by giving him the nod. They obviously think he can achieve the goal of having the players play with a common purpose and now he has to repay that faith by achieving this.
“Ramdin has been around for quite a while in regional cricket, he has played with the current group all his career and has enjoyed good relations with them, so I think he will be good as captain.”