West Indies Cricket Board shocked the entire cricketing world when they replaced World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy with inexperienced Carlos Brathwaite. But the newly-appointed captain is upbeat that he will have no problem in leading the team during the upcoming T20I series against India. Both teams are set to lock horns against each other in Lauderhill, the USA for a 2-match series on August 27 and 28.
“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. 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 said at a press conference after the fourth Test against India.
“Again, the most important thing is getting victories for the West Indies. As a new leader, things might change bit by bit. It’s just about adjusting and then for me to find ways for the team to continue to win.
“I don’t want to get too deep into the psychology of changing leaders and stuff like that. I think all the guys are mature enough. We have had cases where some of the guys were captains, and then played the next series under a different captain. We are professionals, we all know what we have to go out there and do,” the all-rounder added.
The young allrounder also revealed that he was hesitating to take up the captain’s job at first but took it after clearing his doubts.
“Yes, there was hesitation. I wanted to contact my family and my close advisors before I took the job. It is an honour, I would never say I didn’t want to take it. But obviously, I had some questions that I asked of the selection panel before I took the job. Just basically to clarify why they wanted me, what they expected of me, and coming into the role knowing my job,” Brathwaite opened up.
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin, who attended Brathwaite’s press conference as a journalist, asked Brathwaite which team would get more support during the upcoming T20 series in the USA.
“It’s funny because the US has a lot of Caribbean supporters and I think a few Caribbean people who used to like cricket but probably don’t follow it anymore would love to come out and enjoy some games in the US. Whether they will be supporting West Indies or India I don’t know, but I think it will be a very good spectacle.
From all reports, CPL had a fantastic ovation and it was well-received. And I hope this is the start of big things. We are next-door neighbours and the US is a powerhouse, so let’s see how it goes. We are testing the waters a bit, hopefully, it goes well and hopefully this is the first of many in the USA,” Brathwaite said.