New West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite says he has received a vote of confidence from former skipper Darren Sammy as the regional side prepares to play India in two T20 internationals this weekend in Florida.
Brathwaite was announced as the new captain shortly after Sammy disclosed through a Facebook post that he was dropped after leading West Indies to two World T20 titles.
The Barbadian allrounder said support from Sammy and other senior members of the West Indies team is allowing him to make a smooth transition at the helm of the side.
“He gave me his blessing and as a senior guy appreciated it, which allowed me to ease into the role. It has allowed me to transition easier from just being told [about the captaincy] to the excitement of wanting to get on the field and lead,” said Brathwaite during a press conference after the fourth Test against India in Port-of-Spain.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has once again bemoaned the consistency of the regional side, following their 2-0 defeat in the four-Test series against India.
Speaking following the farcical draw in the final Test at Queen’s Park Oval here Monday, Simmons said the Windies had shown what they were capable of but had failed to produce for sustained periods of time throughout the series.
“The series was a little bit too up and down … we played well in a cluster, maybe two hours, three hours sometimes and then the next two hours we would be down and I think that for me that was the major disappointment,” the Trinidadian told a media conference.
Some days local fans are frustrated by the performance of the West Indies cricket team, yesterday they were left frustrated with the drainage system at the Queen’s Park Oval, as under brilliant sunshine, there was no play on the scheduled second day of the Fourth Seagrams Test match because of as unfit playing field.
West Indies were to resume on their overnight score of 62/2 but the players stayed at the Hyatt Regency until lunchtime. When they arrived there was no possibility of going out on the field as the damp arena prevented even a warm-up session.
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) head groundsman Ken Crafton speaking to Guardian Media said the situation arose from problems with the drainage. “We have not been able to go out there for action because the ground is wet. Every hour we would go and have a look and yet with brilliant sunshine the ground is still not getting drier. The problem here is one of drainage. Moving forward the authorities here have to look at the use of the ground. When you have plenty usage, there is not enough time to have the outfield prepared as you would like.