In what can be termed as an extremely shocking news, two-times World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy has been “asked” to step down from West Indies’ T20 captaincy. This move by the highly criticized West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has come just ahead of the recently proposed 2 match T20I series against India in Florida, USA.
Sammy, in a video streaming on his Facebook page, admitted that he had received a call from an official from the WICB, who said that he should step down as the team’s captain from T20I’s. It must be noted that Sammy led West Indies to their second World T20 title in April this year, when the West Indies defeated England in a thrilling contest at the Eden Gardens. In 2012 as well, under Sammy’s leadership, the Calypso Kings lifted their first ever World T20 title by defeating Sri Lanka in their own backyard.
“I got a call yesterday morning, it was probably 30 seconds, from the chairman of selectors telling me that they’ve reviewed the captaincy of T20 and I won’t be captain anymore of the T20 team, and my performances have not a merited selection in the squad,” said Sammy. “That’s ok, I’ve always believed West Indies cricket is not about Darren Sammy. They are looking to the future and I wanna wish the new captain – I don’t know if it’s out yet so I won’t call any names – all the best as he looks to lead West Indies cricket and take it forward.”
Sammy admitted that he always represented the West Indies with cent percent commitment. “Obviously, throughout my captaincy, winning the two T20 World Cups has been the highlight. And these memories I will cherish for a long time. This is not me retiring from one-day or T20, it’s just me thanking the fans and my players and the coaches I’ve worked with and WICB for letting me lead the side for the last six years. But for now, the captaincy has come to an end and thank you people. “I just know I played with my heart and soul whenever I stepped out on the cricket field,” he added.