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Sammy made West Indies captain

Former MCC Young Cricketer (YC) Darren Sammy has been named West Indies captain, replacing Chris Gayle.

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Sammy, 26, played as a YC in the 2003 and 2004 seasons and will skipper the West Indies in all formats on their tour of Sri Lanka next month.

Brendan Nash has replaced Dwayne Bravo as vice-captain, although both he and Gayle retain their places in the squad.

Surprise decision

Sammy last played a Test match in the draw with Australia in 2009 and has made only eight appearances in the longest form of the game since his debut against England at Old Trafford in 2007.

He has earned more experience in the shorter formats, playing 43 One Day and 19 Twenty20 Internationals and is the first St. Lucian to play international cricket.

The all-rounder is also captain of the Windward Islands and believes his experience working with a young squad will help him overcome his lack of Test experience.

Sammy said: "Being appointed West Indies captain is an honour and distinction which I will treat with the highest regard and dignity.

"I believe my captaincy of the Windward Islands, a young team which I have been moulding into playing consistently competitive cricket, will stand me in good stead as West Indies captain as we work on building a team for the future."
'Good team man'

Sammy was a prolific performer during his time at the Home of Cricket, racking-up over 1,400 runs and collecting over 100 wickets in two seasons.

Ex-MCC Head Coach Clive Radley said he was surprised but pleased that his former charge had been handed such a prestigious role.

"I'm a bit surprised because he's still a very young cricketer but it's very pleasing to have a former YC doing so well." said Radley

"He still maybe needs to tighten up his batting a little bit but his bowling is good and I think he can do well.

"He was a good team man when he was here and a very good bloke, I wish him the best in the job."

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