Director of Sport wants Hooper as West Indies captain

Stabroek News
January 3, 2001

Director of Sport in the National Sports Commission Neil Kumar is calling on the West Indies Cricket Board to consider appointing Carl Hooper as captain of the senior team.

In a press release issued yesterday, Kumar stressed that Hooper has the credentials to successfully lead West Indies.

"Carl Hooper is an experienced cricketer, a utility player with a positive attitude and genuine interest in West Indies success.

He added that Hooper can certainly command his place in the team with bat, ball and in the field and could motivate players and take West Indies cricket to the top of world competition.

Kumar also alluded to Guyana producing successful captains for West Indies teams in the past.

"The first captain to lead West Indies to a Test win was a Guyanese M. P. Fernandes. Guyana then gave West Indies successive captains in Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd and Alvin Kallicharran with Lloyd being the most successful of all times", Kumar pointed out.

Kumar's comments were made in light of West Indies defeat in the current Test series in Australia and the criticism of Jimmy Adams' captaincy.

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