T20 globetrotter Sammy not losing sleep over Windies recall

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T20 globetrotter Sammy not losing sleep over Windies recall
Darren Sammy
Darren Sammy
Darren Sammy

TIMES OF INDIA – Darren Sammy says he has no regrets of publicly lambasting the West Indies board post victory in last year’s World T20 final which effectively became his last international match till date.

Two-time World T20 winning captain, Sammy is busy playing T20 Leagues all around the world but still cares about West Indies cricket. He also remains available for selection in limited overs format but has passed the stage where he would sulk over being ignored again and again.

“It is sad that my last international was the World T20 final. I am still available for selection in limited overs cricket but I am not going to cry over non-selection,” Sammy, who is part of Kings XI Punjab in this IPL, told PTI.

“I am still out there playing in the different leagues around the world, if selected I am available. But I am not crying over spilt milk.”

Sammy had made an emotional speech before accepting the winners’ trophy at the Eden Gardens, the venue for the World T20 final.

“People were wondering whether we would play this tournament. We had a lot of issues, we felt disrespected by our board … I am yet to hear from them. That is very disappointing,” Sammy had said during the live broadcast.

His outburst expectedly did not go down well with the West Indies board, which reprimanded him along with the likes of Dwayne Bravo. Looking back, the affable all-rounder from St. Lucia has no regrets.

“What I said on the podium after winning the final, I said it from my heart. I said what I had to. I expected things to happen. But I don’t lose sleep over it anymore.

“God has blessed me tremendously. He is my selector. So I am not worried about what is going to happen. I still do care about West Indies cricket but if I am not selected I am not going to sulk over it,” he said.

Sammy joined the Kings XI Punjab squad late due to the injury he suffered during the Hong Kong league in March, after which he went back home for recovery.

With Kings XI aiming to seal a play-off berth, Sammy is yet to get a game for the “settled” unit.

“I am just waiting for my opportunity. Obviously, the coaching staff is trying to get the right combination. I also came in late from injury, so I am just waiting for my chance,” said Sammy, who is liked by fans all around the world.

The 33-year-old has played previously for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. Sammy is liking the atmosphere of the team mentored by Virender Sehwag.

“Every team brings a different approach. Sehwag we all know was quite a relaxed person during his days in the Indian dressing room and we have an aggressive captain in Glenn Maxwell,” Sammy said.

“It is different and it is something that I am able to adjust to. I have played enough around the world to do that. At the end of the day, it is cricket you play on the field that matters most.”

Sammy was one of the few international cricketers who made the trip to Lahore for the Pakistan Super League final while others like Kevin Pietersen gave it a miss due to security concerns.

Recalling the experience, Sammy says it was satisfying to play a small role in bringing cricket back to Pakistan.

“PSL is a good tournament, it is improving every year. On top of it, my team (Peshawar Zalmi) won. Obviously, the experience in Lahore was something different. I am glad I played a small role in bringing cricket to Pakistan.

“The fans were crazy. They wanted to see cricket. When I entered the stadium I felt I was playing in St. Lucia. There were serious questions raised before going there but I am glad I went,” he added.

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  1. Dispite being a very good fielder, Sammy did not really merit his place on the team. Consequently, West Indies could not afford to continue selecting him just to be captain. They might have been looking for an opportunity to get rid of him, and advertently he gave them that opportunity.

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  2. The problem with us in the region is "POLITICS," and we don't know where to draw the line. We have allowed and used it to separate and marginalize people into a "I or we versus them." However, sadly too, we do not apply this same philosophy to the outside world. We are seemingly always in the "sell out mode," whether is cricket, culture or facing isssues such as IMPACS. Its easier to shack up with Indians, Pakis, white people before you can get a black West Indian to give another refuge in a foreign country. Why is that?

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  3. All the best Sammy!

    Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you if you continue to trust in his kindness. But if you stop trusting, you also will be cut off.
    – Romans 11: 22

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  4. Since the great Sir Viv Richards Darren Sammy is the only one to make West Indies cricket more in all formats and you had about a thousand captains so study it

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  5. Our Local board voted for Cameron. That says so much. We need to clean our local board first.

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  6. Now why is someone giving all the comments here a thumbs down?? If you don't like positive news get on your way out of here!!

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  7. Wendies going down down down..Sammy you're a real Champion Bro..Dave Cameron run the board like he ownsh it ..Time will tell..The thing is when fellors like that don't get another chance to rule they get like zombies because they miss it soo much and all their so call power vanish

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  8. Sammy play for your thousands all over the world, don't make $500 man of the match play in your head. i did like to see you play with Holder on the team but WI cricket will continue to suffer because of their corrupt board...

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