Wednesday 25 June 2014 

Video Exclusive - Players Make Captains - Sir Garry Sobers

As debate continues about whether Alastair Cook is the right man to lead England, watch this exclusive clip as Sir Garry Sobers give his thoughts on captaincy, leadership and handling players.

He starts by making the point that captains are made by the players they are leading, citing examples such as Frank Worrell and Clive Lloyd.

It is, in his view, always an advantage to captain a team of new players as trying to go in and lead a group of senior players can cause serious problems, particularly if there is a lack of support from those who think that they ought to be captain themselves.

He adds that is important that the captain is able to handle people correctly and of course, if the team is losing, then you have a serious problem.

"If you have a senior group, then you have problems...particularly if you are losing," he says.

Sobers captained the West Indies between 1965 and 1972 during a distinguished career that included 93 Tests, 383 first-class matches and 95 one-day games.

He is still regarded as one of the world's greatest players, even today.

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