Lambert defends his Jamaica captaincy
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaica’s skipper Tamar Lambert has defended his captaincy, the subject of debate here, after his side was knocked out at the penultimate stage of the Caribbean T20 tournament.
Jamaica failed to successfully defend a strong total of 183 after Gutsy Guyana rallied back to eliminate them from Saturday’s play-off.
Lambert, regarded as one of the most successful four-day and one-day captains in the region, says despite the loss his record as Captain of Jamaica’s T20 squad is still impressive.
"I will say [to the critics] that this is the second time that I have captained a Jamaica T20 team and we have been to the semi-final two times," said Lambert.
"However, I think we have good senior players in the team that can captain any Jamaica team”.
The 31-year-old has led Jamaica to five straight West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Four-Day Championship titles and two Super50 Championship titles.
However the T20 title eluded them after they lost by six wickets to Guyana in Saturday's play-off final, following an unbeaten 122-run innings by star batsman Chris Gayle.
"Moving forward, we have to look at it (captaincy), but I am always happy captaining my country and I always want to go out there and play to win,” he said.
“Unfortunately, we weren't able to make it to the final and take home the bacon, but as I said before, we have other competitions to look forward to and we have to move on”.
Lambert and head coach Junior Bennet have both blamed Jamaica’s bowlers for their play-off loss against Guyana.
However Lambert believes his side has been affected because not enough T20 cricket is played.
"I think a lack of T20 cricket has contributed,” said the Jamaican skipper.
“We just started playing T20 the last three years now and the other teams have been playing for quite a number of years, so sometimes when we find ourselves in situations, we don't know how to deal with it."