The newly appointed T20 skipper of the West Indies team, Carlos Brathwaite said that he will not have complexity in leading the current squad during the upcoming series against India to be played in USA.
Addressing a press conference, Brathwaite said, “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 its 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 mold the team that Darren has started to mold, efficiently.”
About his new job, he said, “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.”
The all-rounder added, “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.”
Brathwaite is confident that his leadership will prove beneficial for the team. He said, “It’s a matter of, first, to go out there and win games for the West Indies and I hope that my leadership can influence that in some part. Even if it doesn’t, if we win the games that will be the most important thing.”
He admitted that he had a hesitation before took the job and said “Yes there was hesitation. I wanted to contact my family and my close advisers before I took the job. It is an honor, 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 said he received a vote of confidence from his predecessor Darren Sammy.
“He just told me, ‘Congratulations’. He heard it before I spoke to him, and he just said, ‘Congratulations, it’s a big challenge’. He gave me his blessing and as a senior guy appreciated it, which allowed me to ease into the role,” Brathwaite said at a press conference after the fourth Test against India in Port of Spain. “I haven’t officially started yet, but 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. 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”, Brathwaite added.
The right-hander also spoke about the supporters in 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.”
He also added, “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.”
The two matches of the T20I series will be played in Florida on 27th and 28th August.