West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy has been retained for the upcoming International Cricket Council World T20 tournament in India in March.
The West Indies selectors, headed by Sir Clive Lloyd, are happy to keep Sammy for the premier tournament. The West Indies are currently ranked number one in the ICC rankings for T20s and Sammy has been the man in charge during this climb.
There were speculations that Sammy may have been replaced by Test and ODI captain Jason Holder but the selectors opted for experience going into the World T20.
Sammy was at the helm of the team that won the title in 2012 in Sri Lanka and reached the semi-finals in 2014 in Bangladesh. He retired from Test cricket on May 9 last year but is still available to play ODIs for the regional team. He was left out of the West Indies team for the ODIs against Sri Lanka in November.
The World T20 gets going on March 16 for the West Indies, as they come up against England in Mumbai. They will also face Sri Lanka, South Africa and a qualifier from the associates.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is awaiting news on the results of tests on Sunil Narine’s bowling action before announcing their team. Narine was banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for an illegal bowling action. He is due to return to Loughborough University later this month to do tests on his action.
If he passes the test, he will be named on the team, as he has tremendous experience of the Indian conditions, having campaigned in the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 since 2012.