Sacking Jamaican Chris Gayle from the captancy, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced Darren Sammy as the new captain of the team for the tour of Sri Lanka.
The decision was announced on Sunday, Oct 17 when naming the squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour. Brendan Nash was named as vice-captain. Any how, Chris Gayle is included in the squad as the top order batsmen.
"We are at the dawn of a new era in West Indies cricket and the selection committee has entrusted the challenging job of captaincy to Darren Sammy because it is believed that he has demonstrated the attributes of a leader of this diverse group of men," said selection committee chairman Clyde Butts.
"Chris Gayle, the former captain, led the West Indies during a challenging period and the board thanks him for stepping up then but it is now time to pass the mantle on as the West Indies rebuilds," said WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire.
"Being appointed West Indies captain is an honour and distinction which I will treat with the highest regard and dignity," said the new captain Sammy.
Gayle was the captain of once-mighty West Indies team since 2007. Currently the Windies are seventh in the Test rankings and eighth in the world in the one-day format.