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I don't regret quitting Test cricket: Darren Sammy

Darren Sammy may have abruptly ended his Test career in May this year, but the West Indies T20 captain has no regrets. He does not think his decision to quit was taken in haste.

“No, not at all. When I retired, the team was moving in another direction and there was no place for me. I have always said that cricket is not about one individual. I am happy playing T20s and ODIs. I am enjoying my life, my cricket at the moment. I have no regrets. I passed on my best wishes to (Denesh) Ramdin,” Sammy told reporters during an open media session yesterday.

Darren Sammy
Darren Sammy

Sammy decided to quit from Test cricket after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) decided to hand over the captaincy to Ramdin.

Sammy, who had a modest record in Test cricket, fought his detractors when he was surprisingly made the captain in October 2010 after Chris Gayle refused WICB’s central contract. During Sammy’s four-year reign, the Windies won eight Tests, lost 12 and drew 10.

So how has the dressing room atmosphere been post Test retirement? “Life is funny. When you are in there, you play together. I have moved on and so have others. There is no hard feeling,” said Sammy before referring to the popular song from The Lion King movie “Hakuna matata” which if literally translated means ‘no worries’.

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