Hours after being replaced by Denesh Ramdin as captain of the West Indies Test team, Darren Sammy has announced his retirement from the longest format of the game.
Sammy captained the side between 2010 and 2014, taking over from Chris Gayle, and he will remain as Twenty20 captain and be available for selection in One-Day Internationals.
A statement from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) confirmed Sammy's retirement.
"Sammy, in his communication to the Board thanked the Directors, the Selectors and Team Management for the confidence shown in him as a player and captain which he served as from October 2010 to May 2014," it read.
"Sammy said that he will always cherish the memories of representing and captaining the West Indies in Test cricket.
"The West Indies Cricket Board thanks Sammy for his service to West Indies Test cricket both as player and captain and looks forward to his continued involvement and contribution as an ODI player and T20 captain and player."
Sammy captained 30 of the 38 Tests he played and yesterday offered his public support for his replacement.
"Congratulations to Ramdin on being named Test captain. God’s speed brother as you look to take us forward. Thanks to all for the support,"
Sammy is currently in India with the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the West Indies' next Test is against New Zealand in Jamaica, beginning 8th June.
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