West Indies’ new T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite said he received a vote of confidence from his predecessor Darren Sammy and encouragement from the senior players as West Indies prepares to play India in two T20 internationals this weekend in Florida.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) named Brathwaite to lead the side against India in two T20 matches in Florida. Sammy, who led West Indies to two World T20 titles, had announced his axing as the skipper through a Facebook post, and later was dropped.
Brathwaite said support from Sammy and other senior members of the West Indies team is allowing him to make a smooth transition at the helm of the side.
“He gave me his blessing and as a senior guy appreciated it, which allowed me to ease into the role. It has allowed me to transition easier from just being told [about the captaincy] to the excitement of wanting to get on the field and lead,” said Brathwaite during a press conference after the fourth Test against India in Port of Spain.
“It was a good vote of confidence speaking to Sammy, then I saw him at a charity event, saw some of the senior guys as well, all have been telling me positive things,” he added.
The 28-year all-rounder stressed that members in the West Indies side were “mature enough” to handle a change in leadership.
“I think a team like this will be pretty easy to lead, from the point of view that the dressing room is a fun place to be. I don’t think it’s a case where I have to negotiate too many egos,” he said.
“The guys enjoy each other’s company. It’s just a matter for me to go there, do the things that I can do, firstly as a player and then a captain, continue to mould the team that Darren has started to mould, efficiently”.
Brathwaite, who has recently settled into West Indies’ limited-overs sides, had one of his best moments during the World T20 final against England earlier this year. With his team needing 19 runs off the last over, he struck four successive sixes off Ben Stokes to take the side to their second T20 title.