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BACKING: Captain Sammy

DARREN SAMMY’S leadership of the West Indies has received the backing of the chairman of the selection panel.

Clyde Butts has given Sammy’s captaincy a stamp of approval and has hinted that he is likely to continue as captain for the proposed tours of Bangladesh and India later this year. Sammy was appointed in the role last November, ahead of the tour of Sri Lanka.

“There is no problem with his captaincy on the field. Of course as selectors there are always times when we look on and believe things could be done differently but I am impressed by him,” Butts said in a recent interview on i95.5 fm radio.

“I think there is no doubt in my mind that he will be considered for the job in the future, but we have not made a decision as yet and then gone to the Board with our decision, but definitely he will be considered.

“To be fair, we are going to Bangladesh later in the year and so we will have to make our recommendation pretty soon. Sammy has bowled pretty well, and captained the team on the field well.”

Sammy presided over the 0-0 draw in the rain-hit three-Test series against Sri Lanka before losing the three-match one-day series 2-0. He then led the Windies to a quarter-final spot at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and had mixed fortunes for Pakistan’s tour of the Caribbean, losing the Digicel one-day series 3-2 and drawing the Digicel Test series 1-1.

West Indies also lost the Digicel Pearls One-Day series against India 3-2 before going down 1-0 in the three-match Digicel Test series.

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