Darren Sammy’s axe from the captaincy has sparked a controversy among the West Indies Cricket fans across the Caribbean, with several taking to social media to take a dig at WICB and express their disgust and to call a boycott of the upcoming third Test against India starting in St Lucia on Tuesday.
The third Test between West Indies and India scheduled at the Darren Sammy Stadium, starting from August 9.
Well-known Jamaican dancehall artiste, Mr. Vegas, in a highly charged video posted on his Facebook page, argued that Sammy had been axed because he “spoke his mind and spoke the truth” in a reference to Sammy’s public criticism of the WICB following the T20 World Cup final.
Describing himself as an avid cricket fan, Mr. Vegas said Sammy’s removal was “disgraceful” and blamed the board and selectors for the Windies team’s decline in recent years.
Former president of the Senate Claudius Francis posted an open letter to Sammy on his Facebook page, where he praised the 32-year-old all-rounder for his leadership and for representing the region with “dignity, class….and pride”
However, Francis was critical of the WICB and chief selector, former wicketkeeper Courtney Browne, he reserved some of his ire for the CARICOM, who he said had done little to effect change in the direct of West Indies cricket.
“Still, much as I think Cameron et al are to be blamed, there can be no escaping the role − or lack thereof − of the region’s political leaders,” Francis argued.
“Almost daily we heard from them at the CARICOM level of how the WICB was destroying cricket and needed to be replaced yet they did nothing at their individual local level to ensure that change took place.”
His other fans also resonate the idea to call for a boycott of the upcoming Test as a means of protesting the selectors’ decision and making a statement to the WICB.
“To all fans in St Lucia and Trinidad who genuinely love West Indies cricket and who are concerned about the state of its administration and the future of the game, if you feel as though you have had enough of the WICB contempt and arrogance, then stay away from the upcoming Test matches as a demonstration of your rejection of the WICB,” one fan posted.
The final Test of the series will be played at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain from August 18 to 22.